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20 March 2014

Industry-leading paid parental leave

Laing O’Rourke is providing greater flexibility for both primary and secondary carers with its new, industry-leading paid parental leave offering.

Primary carers – after 12 months’ continuous employment – are now entitled to 26 weeks of paid leave, 18 of which are at full pay, and eight weeks at half pay. Primary carers will also have access to flexible working arrangements, as well as return-to-work coaching and keep-in-touch programs.

Leave is paid according to the employee’s regular payment cycle, with the former return-to-work component now included upfront.

Formerly, primary carers were given six weeks of paid leave, two of which were paid after returning to work. Employees also needed two years’ continuous service to be eligible.  

Under the new scheme, secondary carers – after 12 months’ ongoing employment – are now entitled to four weeks of parental leave, two weeks at full pay and two weeks unpaid.

Laing O’Rourke’s Managing Director Cathal O’Rourke said it is important for the company to recognise people’s efforts by providing benefits that go beyond what is typically offered in the industry.  

“This initiative aligns with our Group Strategic Roadmap, enabling the organisation to attract, retain and develop the best people in an increasingly competitive market. Further, it promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“As Australia’s largest privately-owned construction and engineering business, we know that building a sustainable, enduring and innovative organisation requires us to develop and nurture the very best people. Initiatives like this help Laing O’Rourke create a diverse and desirable workplace for the future.”

The new parental leave scheme is available to all permanent full time and part time employees and will be backdated to include working parents from January 1. 

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