Policies, Guidelines, and Practices Supporting Women’s Menstruation, Menstrual Disorders and Menopause at Work: A Critical Global Scoping Review (2023)

This research paper reviewed global evidence relating to interventions aimed at supporting women to manage menstruation, menstrual disorders and menopause at work, and how this impacts their career trajectories. More than 60 publications were reviewed and found very few workplace policies dealt with menstrual issues. Less half presented an intervention related to women’s workplace health. There was also a lack of co-design and almost none of the polices or guidelines had been evaluated.

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New Zealand Workplace Diversity Survey 2023

Key findings include ethnicity, gender and Rainbow/LGBTQ+ were ranked as the diversity dimensions considered most important by respondents, wellbeing and mental health and te ao Māori were important DEI related topics, whilst gender, ethnicity and age are the 3 diversity dimensions for which data is most commonly collected. The most common DEI initiatives in organisations were celebrations of diversity, followed by work on DEI-related policies.

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Carer-Inclusive Workplace Initiative

The Federal Government Carer-Inclusive Workplace Initiative aims to increase workforce participation among carers and help employers provide better support to this vital demographic. It provides organisations with a self-assessment tool so they can consider how their existing policies and practices relate to being carer-inclusive, and access to resources and learning modules to consider how they might improve their approach.

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A case for an extended unpaid carer leave entitlement? Inquiry report (2023)

This report looks at the potential economic and social impacts of adding an entitlement to extended unpaid carer leave to the National Employment Standards. The report concludes that other policies – especially better access to flexible work – would make a bigger difference for more carers.

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BS 30416: Menstrual and menopausal health matters in your workplace

This standard by BSI (UK) provides guidance on how to support employees who menstruate and experience menopause symptoms. Perimenopause and menopause can have huge impacts on a person's ability to work, and cause them to face stigma and not get the support they need to fully undertake their job.

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Career Transition Series

This 9 part Career Transition Guides series developed by Transitioning Well through the National Workplace Initiative supports people through times of major change such as having a baby, a career transition, a personal crisis or significant event, or retiring from the workforce altogether.

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The Senate Select Committee on Work and Care Final Report (2023)

The Senate Committee on Work and Care has recommended the Federal Government conduct a four-day work week trial, along with adding an enforceable ‘right to disconnect’ to the Fair Work Act, and providing a much more generous paid parental leave to Australian families. In its long-awaited final report, the Committee issued 23 recommendations which if implemented, could reframe how employers and regulators approach child care, parental leave, superannuation entitlements, and even the shape of the gig economy.

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