For the fourth year running, Australia’s leading life insurer, TAL, has been awarded an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality Citation for its longstanding commitment to gender equality in the workplace.
The citation is awarded by the Commonwealth Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) to organisations that meet rigorous standards in workplace gender equality.
TAL was the only Australian life insurer to be accredited and one of only 120 organisations Australia-wide to receive the citation.
TAL Group CEO & Managing Director, Brett Clark, said the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality Citation is fantastic recognition of TAL’s ongoing efforts to create a fair and equitable workplace.
“TAL is proud to be recognised by WGEA and to be leading the way in gender equality, including achieving pay parity for all roles,” Mr Clark said.
“TAL has an ongoing commitment to workplace pay equity and gender equality. It is a key part of our strategy, culture and values, and we watch and monitor it closely.”
Some of the initiatives TAL has in place that support gender equality include:
- Equal employment policies and training for all TAL people
- Flexible working options available
- Annual pay gap analysis undertaken to ensure pay parity
- Maintained focus on gender equality through an active employee action group
- Domestic violence leave, training and support available
- Parental leave benefits and support for males and females, including continued paid superannuation and staff group insurance coverage for the first 12 months, and guaranteed flexible working options for the first 6 months after returning to work
- Career development programs specifically aimed at advancing talented female employees.
These programs ensure all staff are treated equally, can perform their roles to the best of their ability and have the same opportunities for personal growth and advancement.
WGEA Director, Libby Lyons, said, “This year, I am particularly delighted to see some of the innovative and exciting initiatives by our EOCGE citation holders on such issues as flexibility, paid parental leave, supporting women in leadership and addressing gender pay gaps.
“I congratulate all the 2017-18 citation holders for their commitment and recognition of benefits improved gender equality can bring to their business. These employers are setting the benchmark for other Australian workplaces to follow.”