A bit of good news comes these days following the approval by Italian Parliament of the new Labour Law presented by Minister Fornero. The reform, in the “family policies”, introduces the possibility for new fathers to take advantage of a period of absence from work while keeping the salary at 100%.

It is three days of paternity leave, which certainly are few, but do not underestimate the symbolic value of this rule.

It’s’a first attempt to promote the concept of equal responsibility of both father and mother in the care and education of children. Increasing the involvement of fathers in the family will contribute to make men and women more “similar” in the eyes of the employer, with a positive impact on the inclusion and development of women in organizations.

The need to remove barriers to female employment is no longer an issue of equal opportunity, but it’s an economic opportunity. The issue has entered the political and economic debate with important declarations in favor of reducing the gender gap, the most recent of which includes BCE’s Governor Mario Draghi, European Commission’s Vice President Viviane Reding, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

A company that concretely impacts the promotion of gender balance is Nestlé Italy, which has recently launched an interesting initiative dedicated to its new dad.

Nestlé Italy needs no introduction. But we like to point out that in addition to implementing numerous initiatives for work-life balance, is engaged in the promotion of female talents through the contribution to the association Valore D,  that promote women’s leadership and professional development.

Donnalab, in collaboration with Valore D, interviews Gianluigi Toia, Head of Employee Relations of the Nestlé Group. We discuss about work life balance and paternity leave.

Please contact us for the English Version of the interview with Nestlé Italia: info@donnalab.it