Managing the Parental Leave Transition

One in two mothers and one in four fathers and partners experience parental leave and return to work discrimination (AHRC – Support Working Parents National Review, 2014). The parental leave transition also exposes employees and businesses to other risks in areas such as perinatal mental health, health and safety, turnover rates and work-life interference.

Therefore, a valued employee taking parental leave presents many challenges for the individual and for the business.

Training Course Duration
3 hours

Learning Outcomes
This training will assist senior executives, managers and human resources professionals to navigate the complex legal rights and obligations surrounding parental leave and return to work, while supporting employees during the parental leave transition.

After this training course participants should be able to:

  • Explain the significance of the transition and the challenges it presents in the workplace
  • Explain your organisation’s minimum legal obligations, including responding to requests for flexible working arrangements
  • Manage legal risks, including breaches of National Employment Standards, discrimination, adverse action and constructive dismissal
  • Discuss best practice strategies and the characteristics of an effective transition manager
  • Communicate consistent messages and promote authentic conversations across the transition
  • Identify a range of Resource Pathways to support the transition
  • Develop a personalised ‘Transitional Action Plan’ (TAP).

Organisational Benefits

  • Participating in this training course will provide the following benefits to your organisation:
  • Manage legal risks and enable effective Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Increase retention
  • Enhance reputation as an Employer of Choice
  • Contribute towards Gender Diversity Reporting Requirements
  • Promote employee wellbeing
  • Normalise support

Training Delivery
Developed and delivered by HR Legal and workplace psychologists of Transitioning Well, this training provides a unique learning experience for senior executives, managers and HR professionals.

We use handouts, case studies and allow time for questions and problem solving to ensure participants gain practical knowledge.


We do not offer this training course as a public offering. If you would like to enquire about running this training in-house for your organisation of a work team, please fill in the private courses form.

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