Period of implementation
Грант Европейского Союза
2013 – 2015
Main Company of Obolon Corporation in Kyiv
- Improvement of labor practices for employees with family responsibilities
- In Ukraine, there is a problem for women and men coming back to work after a parental leave.Each year, over 400,000 fathers and mothers returning to work face several difficulties:loss of qualification, loss of working position, insufficient number of kindergartens, etc.
- As a result, the employees with family responsibilities receive lower salaries, make slower career progress, have inferior access to financial resources, and cannot fully apply their labor potential.
- In 2015, 74 employees were on child care leaves.
- Additionally, the company has 83 female employees with children aged 3 to 6.
- Today there is no effective model for the employees’ return from parental leaves in Ukraine, which drives us to look for the ways to improve the working conditions for the persons with family responsibilities.
- In order to implement better labor practices at its companies, in 2013 the Obolon Corporation, in cooperation with the Ukrainian Social Workers League, joined the project titled “Back to Work: Re-Integration of Parents to Professional Life after a Parental Leave”, supported by the European Union.
- The goal of the project is to create favorable conditions for fathers and mothers returning to work after parental leaves, as well as for employees with children under 3 years old.
- The initiative involves the development of mechanisms to help parents successfully return to work, testing of such mechanisms, experimental introduction at the companies, and respective amendments to the Ukrainian laws.
- Among the offered practices, Obolon decided on the mechanisms included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, however, the company intends to improve them:
- professional training, development, and apprenticeship system
- working times
- supporting, organizing, and holding sports, health improvement, and cultural events for employees and their families.
Obolon joined the project titled “Back to Work: Re-Integration of Parents to Professional Life after a Parental Leave” in order to implement the most relevant reintegration models in 2014–2015.
The following results were achieved at the first stage of the labour improvement programme:
- A task group of company specialists for implementing the reintegration project was formed
- A survey of employees with family obligations was held
- Survey data were analyzed, and basic steps for improving the current labour practices at the company were taken
- A roadmap for the pilot implementation of the Parents Reintegration Model was developed and approved
- Representatives of the company’s task group and the Ukrainian Social Workers League took part in the project training sessions
- The employees, trade union representatives, and employees on parental leaves took part in the project training sessions