Who are the best employers for equal parenting?

Presented by

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Bright Horizons; Iole Matthews, Bright Horizons; Sarah Forbes, York University; Han-Son Lee, DaddiLife

About this talk

Among many Millennial and Gen Z employees, unequal parental leave provisions seem baffling and even offensive. Why do many policies presume one ‘primary’ carer and one ‘secondary’ carer? Why are assumptions so gendered? It has been well-known for some time that promoting equal parenting closes the gender pay gap, indeed it’s part of Government evidence-based advice for addressing gender equality. So what are the barriers to doing this and how can we overcome them? Beyond parental leave, there are many other ways employers can support new and ongoing parents Hear from expert voices on what parents want and what excellence looks like in practice. Join this lively conversation, as we discuss: - How Shared Parental Leave or other equal parental leave policies lead to more engaged employees and a smaller gender pay gap - What do today’s fathers want and expect from employers? - Which employers are doing well in this area, and what can we learn from them?

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