Alexandra Heron

BA (Hons) Oxon
Research Associate

Rm 414
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Bio

Alexandra is a doctoral candidate in the Business School and a part-time Research Associate in its Women and Work Research Group. Her  thesis topic is 'Organisational & employee responses to employee eldercare  responsibilities'.

She has a legal background, and has practised as a lawyer  in East London and then as head of the Legal Department of one of the UK’s  largest health unions. Subsequently she has worked in a range of research,  policy and teaching positions in Australia, France and England. Her focus is on  employment,  discrimination and gender  issues and the impact of caring responsibilities on women’s lives.

Her major publications include reporting on research she  undertook on the range and impact of programmes in six OECD countries to assist  migrant women workers with less than a tertiary education into employment. for  an OECD/EU initiative, a comparative analysis of pregnancy discrimination laws  in a number of European countries for the then UK Equal Opportunities  Commission and co-authoring a practical legal guide to enforcing UK sex  discrimination laws.

Most recently she has worked as a consultant on the  Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2014 Supporting Working Parents review which examined pregnancy and parental leave discrimination. She is  also contributing to a similar enquiry by the UK Equality and Human Rights  Commission.

Newsroom articles

  • Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review in Australia 01 Sep 2014

    FAWN News

    Alexandra Heron discusses the recent review on supporting working parents prepared by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

  • Much more than a nanny state 02 Apr 2012

    Canberra Times

    A columnist in the Canberra Times has quoted Marian Baird and Alexandra Heron, of the Women and Work Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School, which argued that a broader approach than simply extending the childcare rebate to nannies was needed to fix the problems encountered by working families who engage with various means of child care.

  • Childcare debate off and running 29 Mar 2012

    Australian Financial Review

    The Australian Financial Review has published an op-ed by Marian Baird, director of the Women and Work Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School and Alexandra Heron, research associate for the Women and Work Research Group. They opine that while the Federal Opposition's proposal to extend the childcare rebate to nannies is welcome, it is only part of the solution to a complex problem.

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Publications

2015

5
Conference Paper/s

Heron A 2015 'Who cares? Employer and employee responses to employee eldercare responsibilities', NSW Carers Association Conference, Sydney, Australia, 22nd May 2015

2014

10
Report/s

Heron A 2014 'Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review in Australia', Contribution to the blog of the Families and Work Network Link

2013

2
Book Section/s

Baird M and Heron A 2013 'Women, Work and Elder Care: New Policies Required for Inclusive Growth' in Inclusive Growth in Australia: Social Policy as Economic Investment, ed. Paul Smyth and John Buchanan, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, Australia, pp. 242-57

5
Conference Paper/s

Heron A and Charlesworth S 2013 'Regulatory responses to less favourable treatment during pregnancy', 5th International Community, Work and Family Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, 19th July 2013

Baird M, Charlesworth S, Cooper R and Heron A 2013 'Reflections on Women, Work and the Global Economic Downturn', 27th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2013 - "Work, employment and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world", Freemantle, Australia, 8th February 2013

10
Report/s

Martin B, Yerkes MA, Hewitt B, Baird M, Jones A, Rose E, Rose J, Davis K, Coles L, Heron A and Xiang N 2013 'Paid Parental Leave Phase 2 Report', Australian Government-Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs: Families and Children Link

2012

4
Journal Article/s

Baird M, Williamson S and Heron A 2012 'Women, Work and Policy Settings in Australia in 2011', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.54:3, pp. 326-43 Link

Charlesworth S and Heron A 2012 'New Australian Working Time Minimum Standards: Reproducing the Same Old Gendered Architecture?', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.54:2, pp. 164-81 Link

Heron A and Charlesworth S 2012 'Working Time and Managing Care under Labor: Whose Flexibility?', Australian Bulletin of Labour, vol.38:3, pp. 214-33

8
Magazine Article/s

Baird M and Heron A 2012 'Opinion: Childcare debate off and running', Australian Financial Review

10
Report/s

Martin B, Hewitt B, Baird M, Baxter J, Heron A, Whitehouse G, Zadoroznyj M, Xiang N, Broom D, Connelly L, Jones A, Kalb G, Mcvicar D, Strazdins L, Walter M, Western M and Wooden M 2012 'Paid Parental Leave evaluation: Phase 1 (Occasional Paper No. 44)', Commonwealth of Australia

Martin B, Hewitt B, Baird M, Baxter J, Heron A, Whitehouse G, Zadoroznyj M, Xiang N, Broom D, Connelly L, Jones A, Kalb G, Mcvicar D, Strazdins L, Walter M, Western M and Wooden M 2012 'Paid Parental Leave evaluation: Phase 1 (Occasional Paper No. 44)', Commonwealth of Australia

2011

10
Report/s

Baird M, Charlesworth S, Cooper R and Heron A 2011 'Women, Work and the Global Economic Downturn', A report commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) Link

2010

10
Report/s

Baldwin S, Wright S, Yu S, Fattore T, Baird M and Heron A 2010 'Profile of Women’s Employment in NSW: Trends and Issues: Final Report', Prepared for the Office for Women’s Policy, NSW Premier and Cabinet

2009

10
Report/s

Page A, Baird M, Heron A and Whelan J 2009 'Taking Care: Mature Age Workers with Elder Care Responsibilities', Background briefing paper- NSE Govt. and Women and Work Research Group WWRG Link

2006

1
Book/s

Palmer C, Wade J, Wood K and Heron A 2006 'Maternity and Parental Rights: a guide to parents' legal rights at work - Third edition', Legal Action Group, London, United Kingdom, pp. 880

4
Journal Article/s

Gornick JC and Heron A 2006 'The Regulation of Working Time as Work-family Reconciliation Policy: Comparing Europe, Japan, and the United States', Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, vol.8:2, pp. 149-66 Link

2005

2
Book Section/s

Heron A 2005 'Promoting and protecting reduced hours workers: European Union law and part-time work' in Working Time for Working Families: Europe and the US, American University, Washington College of Law and the Hans Bockler Foundation, Washington D.C., United States, pp. 35-53

5
Conference Paper/s

Heron A 2005 'Migrant women into work - what is working?', OECD and European Commission Seminar “Migrant Women and the Labour Market”, Brussels, Belgium, 27th September 2005

2004

10
Report/s

Heron A 2004 'Pregnancy discrimination: some international comparisons', Report for the UK Equal Opportunities Commission's Pregnancy General Formal Investigation