Labor and the Coalition have announced their parental leave policies. If you are planning to have children, you should be familiar with what they’re offering.
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Current parental leave schemes reinforce old gender stereotypes and the pay gap between women and men. Overseas experience shows better targeted leave for new fathers helps everyone.
Caring for a newborn can be joyous.
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This important benefit does more than just help parents in terms of dollars and cents.
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You might expect progressive policies in our universities, but a parental leave system of primary and secondary caregivers – the first 93% women, the second 96% men – perpetuates the gender gap.
Most U.S. parents who take time off work to tend to newborns currently use unpaid leave.
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Polls have consistently found robust support for this benefit, with a growing share of the public approving of paid time off for dads.
If governments are looking for a post-pandemic “baby boom” to help populations grow, then they should increase the amount and duration of paid parental leave for both mums and partners.
Modest changes to Australia’s paid parental provision can help address the gender gap in unpaid and paid work between mothers and fathers.
It is harder for stay-at-home moms to return to work than for stay-at-home dads.
Stay-at-home parents have a hard time reentering the workforce after spending time away.
There’s increasing evidence that encouraging fathers to take paternity leave has positive, perhaps even surprising, results.
Encouraging fathers to take paternity leave has positive, perhaps even surprising, results.
Even working women who have partners often have to do the most work at home.
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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.
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Even Australia’s relatively short paid parental leave scheme benefits women’s health. But will proposed changes undermine that?
Australian government proposals to ban so-called “double dipping” with paid parental leave (PPL) risks scaling back health benefits for women who take time off to care for their babies.
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.
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.