The Star Entertainment Group has implemented a new parental leave policy it says will improve flexibility within its workforce and ensure a family-friendly, inclusive and diverse workplace.
Effective immediately, the new policy will increase paid parental leave from 10 weeks to 16 weeks for principal carers plus four weeks for secondary carers, superannuation on all company-paid parental leave plus an extra two weeks’ worth of superannuation totalling 18 weeks, and removal of waiting periods on continuous service eligibility for all permanent staff.
Paid parental leave can also now be taken up to two years after the birth or adoption of a child.
“We understand that family dynamics are different for each of our team members,” said Star Entertainment CEO and Managing Director, Matt Bekier.
“We have worked hard to ensure all parents are supported and have the required flexibility as they welcome new family members.
“Our parental leave policy reflects the needs of our workforce and ensures that team members have the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally throughout their time with The Star.”
The company said that the changes were made in collaboration with Women at The Star – a staff-led working group which aims to promote gender equality across all aspects of the business by championing change and advocating opportunities for all individuals.
“Inclusive policies assist organisations to attract and retain talented employees,” said Helen Galloway, CEO of Women in Gaming & Hospitality Australasia.
“The Star should be congratulated on meaningful policy change that addresses equality in the workplace.”