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The social norm of women as care givers has a big impact when women return to work after childbirth. Shutterstock

Returning to work after childbirth: still a case of ‘managing it all’

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…
The changing nature of the workforce means parental leave is increasingly important. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Small business gets flexible to retain quality workers

Small businesses that invest in paid parental leave and other work-life balance programs are more likely to retain quality…
A prospective voter - will the Gillard government’s paid maternity leave scheme affect the birth rate? AAP

The baby bonus failed to increase fertility - but we should still keep it

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…

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