Mothers find paid maternity leave no detriment to long-term employment

Australian mothers who take paid maternity leave don’t suffer long-term salary loss after they go back to work, according to a study from the University of Melbourne.

The study analysed parent job history from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and found there was “virtually zero impact” on wages after the child’s first birthday.

Under the federal government’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme, new parents are eligible to receive the minimum wage for up to 18 weeks.

Before the federal scheme was introduced, about 38% of all female employees were covered by an employer provided paid maternity leave policy, which can offer them up to 18 weeks off work.

Read more at The University of Melbourne