The approaching Father’s Day weekend is an opportune time for Mitrefinch Australia to focus attention on paternal leave and flexible working options for new fathers.
According to Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman, parental leave can be taken when an employee gives birth, an employee's spouse or de facto partner gives birth, or an employee adopts a child under 16 years of age. Employees are entitled to 12 months of unpaid parental leave, and can also request an additional 12 months of leave.
In the interest of gender equity, industry experts often recommend that working fathers should have more paid time off to go with the expectant spouse or partner for hospital scans and midwife appointments. Many employers may find that introducing flexible working schedules (under the guidance of relevant Australian laws and company practices) may be a less disruptive way of enabling fathers to spend more time with their families.
Studies also show flexible work practices that accommodate new fathers (and mothers alike) can boost productivity and lead to better HR management with happier employees.
Mitrefinch’s Time and Attendance Software can help businesses plan their employees’ schedules and keep track of home workers. The absence management capabilities of the software allow employers to analyse the impact employee attendance has on the bottom line by monitoring unplanned absence and leave.
Mitrefinch wishes all the fantastic fathers of Australia a very Happy Father’s Day.