Bosses fear they’ll be holding the baby
Jennifer Loicht, The Daily Telegraph, May 5, 2007.
Under WorkChoices, all Australian employers are obliged to provide 12 months unpaid maternity leave to permanent staff who have been with the company for a year.
They must also ensure their job is there for them to return to.
In a move the Prime Minister this week said would be a “nightmare” for small business, the Opposition has mooted policy that would give people the right to ask for an extra year of parental leave.
Surveys indicate 30-40 per cent of higher-paid workers are covered by paid maternity leave so, for example, in a law firm, a lawyer might be eligible while a clerk may not.
The ABA’s submission, which cited university research, stated that most women worked for small/medium companies in industries without access to paid maternity leave, while just 23 per cent of workplaces offered an average of eight weeks paid leave.
Do you have access to paid maternity leave?
Was your job there when you returned?
How long did you last once you did return?
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