TAL, a leading Australian life insurance specialist, has been recognised as one of Australia’s leading promoters of workplace equality after being named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the fifth consecutive year.
The citation is awarded by the Commonwealth Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) to organisations that meet rigorous standards in workplace gender equality and demonstrate active commitment to achieving gender equality.
TAL was one of 140 organisations Australia-wide to receive the citation.
TAL Group CEO & Managing Director, Brett Clark, said he is very proud of the work TAL has done to close the gender pay gap for all roles and reward all staff equally, according to the work they do.
“We are delighted to have received this recognition of TAL’s ongoing efforts to create a fair and equitable workplace for the fifth year in a row,” 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.”
As part of TAL’s ongoing focus on gender equity and his personal commitment to pay equity, Mr Clark became a Pay Equity Ambassador in 2015.
Some of the key ways TAL supports gender equality include:
• Continue to have employment policies that are inclusive of everyone, regardless of gender
• Providing flexible working options to give everyone the choice they need to live their best life and do their best work
• Making sure there is no gender bias in TAL’s annual remuneration review
• Round table sessions for TAL people to discuss gender topics with senior leaders
• Actively working to attract more female applications to roles at TAL through advertising channels such as Work180
• Zero tolerance of gender-based harassment and discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying
• 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.
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 of the citation holders: “What unites them is their determination and commitment to achieving workplace gender equality.
“I congratulate all of these organisations for being agents of change, leading the way forward for other Australian employers to follow.”