Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) has followed the lead of joint venture (JV) owner Newmont Goldcorp by providing generous parental or adoption leave, regardless of gender.
The parental leave policy includes 22 weeks paid leave, plus 10 days paid secondary carers leave and four week return-to-work payment.
These changes are aimed to help address the gender pay gap that often occurs when parents are out of the workforce for extended periods, according to KCGM.
The Super Pit, which is on the south-east edge of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia, hires a majority of its workers locally from the Goldfields city.
KCGM’s parental support business resource group (BRG) team leader Julia Rowatt said the procedure sets KCGM apart as an employer of choice.
“The parental support BRG’s mission is to improve parental support for all employees. We also work with those currently on parental leave to assist them in staying connected with the business and ensure a smooth transition back to work,” Rowatt said.
“Our employees all live locally and it’s important that KCGM is a family-friendly employer, enabling flexibility to get the best from home and work life in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”
Ten days paid domestic violence leave will also be made available to support affected employees who may be victims of violence at home.
KCGM’s parental leave benefits include people in de facto relationships, regardless of sex or gender, and payment for superannuation and long service leave accruals upon employees’ return to work.
The JV employs 1000 workers and contractors.