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.
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.
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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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.
In times of budgetary constraint, the cost of Australia's welfare system has been regarded by many in the Coalition as a drag on economic growth. Labor's Jenny Macklin has a different take.
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.
Good employment data obscure the slow pace of jobs growth for women.
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It's true Australia is seeing the highest ever female workforce participation rate but there's still a long way to go.
Most of the developed world provides longer paid parental leave than Australia.
New and expectant parents are among the biggest losers in this year's budget. From July 2016 primary carers will lose access to government paid parental leave if their workplace also provides leave.
Getting the right balance between short- and medium-term ‘fixes’ may well be the most significant challenge for Social Services Minister Scott Morrison.
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To bolster women’s employment participation as Tony Abbott so desires, better funding for child care would be a good way to go.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed over the weekend that he will use the parliamentary summer break to review his paid parental leave (PPL) scheme, which has so far proven to be a large political liability…
Nordic nations enjoy regulated working hours, substantial welfare provision and strong economies.
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The travails of Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme are symptomatic of the government’s wider problems. The Prime Minister says he won’t abandon the plan, adding that he doesn’t break promises. That’s…