Maternity leave now gender-neutral in Queensland

The new wording is part of a series of changes made to the industrial relations law in response to a five-year independent review of the state’s labor laws.

Maternity leave will be known as ‘birth-related leave’ under gender-neutral changes to Queensland’s industrial relations laws.

The new wording is part of a series of changes made to the industrial relations law in response to a five-year independent review of the state’s labor laws.

Changes to the law were proposed by Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace on Thursday with the removal of gender-specific language from parental leave legislation included in the new bill.

The term “birth-related leave” was introduced to “remove language involving gender divisions from parental leave,” according to a clause in the bill.

Another clause outlined in the amendment included replacing the word “it” with “the employee”.

Strengthening protections for workers who experience sexual harassment, improving rights to adoption leave and changes to gender pay equity were also among the 31 amendments to the law.

The bill also provides leave for parents whose children are stillborn.

Ms Grace said the changes were part of the government’s efforts to prevent gender inequality.

“(We are) determined to do everything we can to prevent sexual harassment and gender inequality,” she said.

The Queensland Labor Laws Review made 40 recommendations, 36 of which were fully accepted by the government.

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