Working to the wire.
By contrast, poor maternity pay leads to an under-representation of women in higher positions and lower salaries.
Flexible working reduces the likelihood that women cut their hours or leave the labour market after childbirth.
Employers should be doing more to support breastfeeding mothers.
Employers must do more to support breastfeeding mothers who return to work.
Some mothers in countries such as India and Cambodia sell surplus milk to make maternity leave affordable.
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The potential for exploitation is rife in the international market for breast milk. Fair trade and fair pay regulations are crucial to protect consumers in Australia and suppliers abroad.
Should I stay or should I go? More and more dads are staying at home.
The last recession put more men in the position of full-time child carers. How are they coping?
Families benefit when fathers and mothers get paid parental leave.
The nation needs a more comprehensive approach to family leave and relief for parents with child care expenses. But the proposals the Trump team rolled out initially fell short.
Bring your baby to work day?
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If President Trump follows through on his campaign promise, new mothers may soon have six weeks of guaranteed paid leave. But something is keeping them from using the benefits they already have.
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.
Family policies are about ensuring children get a good start in life.
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Before fiddling with the design of paid parental leave, we need to be clear about the purpose of the policy.
Employers should provide an enabling environment at work for women to continue breastfeeding their infants.
Only 28% of working women across the globe are fully protected by maternity laws that provide for time off work with full pay.
Are dads on shared parental leave getting a fair deal?
Shared parental leave does not promote shared parenting.
Fatherhood poster boys.
Why men like David Beckham are the face of modern fatherhood.
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…
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…
The changing nature of the workforce means parental leave is increasingly important.
Small businesses that invest in paid parental leave and other work-life balance programs are more likely to retain quality…
Australian mothers who take paid maternity leave don’t suffer long-term salary loss after they go back to work, according…
A prospective voter - will the Gillard government’s paid maternity leave scheme affect the birth rate?
Although the introduction of the baby bonus in 2004 was designed to provide financial assistance to families, a clear pro-natalist intent was also apparent. Treasurer Peter Costello’s quip is now famous…