New paid parental leave at South32

South 32 has launched a new paid parental leave provision for both primary and secondary caregivers as part of its approach to family care. 

Initially for permanent employees in Australia primary caregivers, regardless of gender, can now take up to six months leave at full pay or 12 months leave at half pay, which is an increase from 18 weeks at full pay.

Leave for secondary caregivers has also increased from one week to four weeks leave at full pay.

South 32 chief people and legal officer Nicole Duncan said the improvements were introduced to support an inclusive workplace and to promote a healthy work-life balance for families.

South 32 Chief People and Legal Officer Nicole Duncan said the improvements were introduced to support an inclusive workplace and promote a healthy work-life balance for families.

“We’ve introduced the improved benefits so our employees and their families feel supported when they decide to have children,” said Mrs Duncan. 

On top of the longer paid leave periods primary caregivers can return to work at 80 per cent capacity for four weeks at full pay. A lump-sum superannuation payment will also be paid to the primary caregiver on their return.