Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


A step forward for families

21 November 2007

A step forward for families

The Families Commission says Parliament’s passing of the flexible working hours amendment act is a major step toward improving the work life balance of Kiwi families.

“The Commission’s consultation and discussions with more than 3,000 families over the past few years shows many struggle to get a good balance between their work and family life - without it impacting on their income. They want more choices around flexible working arrangements, with their top choice being more freedom over the time they start and finish work,” said the Chief Commissioner of the Families Commission, Rajen Prasad.

He says New Zealand is at a point where employers are increasingly responsive to calls for workplaces that are family-friendly and this pays off with staff loyalty and job satisfaction. However he says providing flexible work is just one of a suite of measures that will help make work places more family friendly and improve work life balance.

“We must show that we value the role of parents and back them up by providing a more supportive environment.
“For instance, we would like to see paid parental leave extended so that more leave is made available to more people and paid it at a higher rate. We also need to continue to extend and improve out of school childcare services.”

Dr Prasad says the family-friendly workplaces are needed not just by families with children. As the proportion of younger workers continues to decline in coming years it will be important for employers to retain older staff – and as they transition to retirement they will be looking for flexible work options, he said.

Many people also care for their elderly parents or other members of the family, and flexible work arrangements can make their lives a lot easier to manage, he said.

More also needs to be known about what flexible work options best suit families. There is sometimes a poor take up of these types of arrangements and the Families Commission has begun research on this issue. It will look at barriers such as workplace culture, poor communication of the options and other obstacles. The study will also look at what works best for families and what measures would encourage people to make the most of their opportunities for flexible work.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news