Watch Light at the End of the Tunnel 36, as we discuss the what why and how of parental leave with Hari Pliambas and Chi Melhem. With bonus footage from after the close of the event + CPD.

One of the recurring questions we field here at Parlour is about industry standards for parental leave – What do the various practices offer? What is best practice? What is the business case for having good policies and practices? How can employees navigate negotiations when there is no policy in place?

In this session we canvas the possibilities with Hari Pliambas, Director of Lyons, and Chi Melhem, director of Em Be Ce in conversation with Monica Edwards and Justine Clark. The conversation covers the motivations for developing good parental leave policies, the important connections to broader policy framework and practice cultures, and the business case.

There is actually a benefit and a return to the business in terms of profit if you do this and then, of course, the cultural gains are almost immeasurable”—Chi Melhem

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The 2021 Light at the End of the Tunnel series is presented in collaboration with the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. This session was recorded online on Friday 29 October.