Federal

Jun 14, 2013

Fair Work decision a boon to working parents

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that a Melbourne IT worker should be allowed to return to work part time following her parental leave. Will the decision have a wider impact on working parents?

Chris Seage — Tax consultant and former ATO audit manager

Chris Seage

Tax consultant and former ATO audit manager

A recent decision in the Fair Work Commission has the potential to reshape the way employers think about part-time and job-sharing options for workers, including highly skilled parents returning from parental leave. The decision handed down last week by Commissioner John Lewin might even have implications parents who are not the primary caregiver but want to participate more in family obligations, according to a lawyer involved in the dispute.

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