Single-parent families are getting less paid leave but perhaps need more of it.
Forty percent of US babies are born to unmarried parents. But the new paid leave policy for most federal workers disadvantages single parents.
Dawn Butler, Labour’s shadow women and equalities secretary.
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Labour and the Liberal Democrats go further than the current system but would still leave the UK lagging behind many of its international peers.
Even working women who have partners often have to do the most work at home.
Does having children make the goal of fairly dividing work at home more elusive?
Is a bottle of morning milk at night the equivalent of turning on all the lights at bedtime?
Breast milk contains ingredients in concentrations that change over the course of the day. Researchers think milk is chrononutrition, carrying molecular messages to help set a baby's internal clock.
Québec’s insurance plan which gives fathers options to take parental leave has had a major impact on fatherhood.
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Thanks to a provincial insurance plan, Québec fathers are spending more time with their newborns, bringing about changes in the gender division of labour within the family.
In it together.
The UK Court of Appeal ruled in late May that it is not sex discrimination for employers to enhance maternity pay but only provide the statutory rate of shared parental pay.
Australian government support for working mothers was minimal before the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s.
Most mothers want some continuity with their pre-maternal identity, to feel a sense of meaningful contribution to their society, and to enjoy their relationships with their children.
Protected time for new families could pay health dividends later.
The transition to parenthood comes with plenty of stress. A psychology researcher suggests that paid family leave could help lift some of the burden – with positive health benefits down the road.
We’ve got this.
There is a wide problem with the way society talks about gender equality.
Preschool today, success tomorrow.
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Research suggests that government spending on very young children is a good investment.
A working mom, off the clock.
This penalty can amount to more than 15 percent of a mom's paycheck. Ramping up paid maternity leave and high-quality child care would probably help narrow the gap.
South Africa lacks a clear definition of disability – and its limited view of who should be regarded as having a disability in the labour market is at odds with international practice.
A proposed new law is set to allow surrogate parents in South Africa to also take leave to care for their babies.
South African law requires surrogate mothers to hand infants to their legal parents without undue delay. But it doesn't provide leave for these parents to care for their infants. That is set to change.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison announces that a A$3.5 billion child-care subsidy will begin from July 1 2017 if the Senate passes previously rejected Family Tax Benefit savings.
Lost in the political debate about subsidising child care is the fact that universal free preschool care has been abandoned as a goal of good social policy.
The social norm of women as care givers has a big impact when women return to work after childbirth.
The return by women to paid work after maternity or parental leave plays a crucial role in driving our workforce and economy. There is growing recognition of the link between supporting employees with…
Nordic nations enjoy regulated working hours, substantial welfare provision and strong economies.
At the end of this month Australia’s Productivity Commission will issue the final report of its inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care. The inquiry was limited from the outset by the requirement…
A study has found one in two mothers are excessively tired four months after giving birth. University of Queensland researchers…
Parenting isn’t just a day off work.
According to NatCen research, British fathers are among the worst in Europe at making time for their families. Spending huge amounts of time at work is seen as a sign of discipline and commitment, while…
Since publication this infographic has been amended. The original version stated the NDIS was scaled back. There are no planned cuts to the funding of the NDIS.
Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey on Q&A’s National Economic Debate.
“The biggest beneficiaries [of the Coalition’s Paid Parental Leave scheme] are the women of Australia. Of all the people earning A$100,000 a year under the age of 50, 2% are women. Just 2% are women. How…