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Bridge unveils generous new paid parental leave policy on International Women’s Day

Thu 08, Mar 2018

New parents employed at Bridge Housing for three or more years will receive 12 weeks or double the paid parental leave in a new Paid Parental Leave Policy launched today.

The policy was announced by CEO John Nicolades at an International Women’s Day 2018 staff breakfast held at 107 Redfern Projects. John said: “The new parental leave provisions are effective from 1 January 2018, so that employees already on parental leave from 1 January, will be entitled to additional paid leave.”

“Bridge Housing employs many talented young women who are at the stage of their lives where they are planning or having a family. We want to provide them and new fathers employed at Bridge with the financial security they need to be there for the first months of their babies’ lives.”

“We also want to be an employer of choice by ensuring that our policies support diversity and reflect changing industry practice, particularly as Bridge Housing is set to grow significantly in 2019 with the Social Housing Management Transfers on the Northern Beaches.”

Senior Project Officer and expectant mother Christina Hough said: “I think this new policy is fantastic. I don’t think anyone else in the sector is offering such generous paid parental leave. Also, it’s great to have so many strong female leaders in the organisation to inspire us all.”

Leasehold Manager and expectant mother Effie Warren said: “This new policy will give me the opportunity to take the year off to be with my baby and to come back when I feel ready to a workplace that values women.”

The original Bridge Housing Paid Parental Leave Policy was introduced in 2012, providing six weeks paid leave or 12 weeks at half pay of parental leave provisions. Eight weeks paid parental leave will now be paid after 1 years’ employment at Bridge Housing. 75% of Bridge Housing staff are women.

Bridge Housing has also incorporated Keeping in Touch days in the policy for the first time. Keeping in Touch days are a good way for employees who are on parental leave to stay up to date with their workplace, refresh their skills and assist their return to work. Keeping in Touch day may include:

  • Participating in a planning day
  • Attending a conference or training.

We will also host a twice-yearly Keep in Touch Lunch for expecting and new parents.

John said: “Increasing the paid parental leave to 12 weeks will set Bridge Housing on par with major Australian Not for Profits and further cement Bridge Housing as leader in the community housing sector.”

Photo (L to R): Effie Warren, John Nicolades and Christina Hough


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