Yes I believe all Australian employees should get the same basic rights in terms of paid parental leave and that it should be a minimum of 75% of their salary + super for 4-6 months.
Whether you increase employee benefits or you create a tax on large companies or something else to fund it is irrelevant.
We should all be equal against maternity leave.
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01-05-2014 13:12 #201
01-05-2014 13:18 #202
@Lili81 in France do women generally retune to work full time or part time? The reason I ask is because in Scandinavian countries (which are often held up as the bench mark for maternity leave conditions) the majority return full time. Just curious about your understanding.
I think maternity leave needs to be improved but to me it's part of a wider understanding of how women work once they have kids.
01-05-2014 13:23 #203-
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I prepared by: choosing a mortgage which allowed for reduced payments when kids came along; having kids when I was financially stable (had a career etc); waiting until I had some other leave saved up my sleeve that would help (annual, long service etc).
When I was early pregnant I sat down and looked at my leave balances and finances to figure out how much time I could have off. I tweaked a few things in my budget (mortgage) so I could stay home longer. I am on half pay for my entire time off (Mat, annual, Lsl). I planned to top up the first 6 months with ppl and the second 6 months with reducing my mortgage. My plan came unstuck when the centrelink lady told me there was a huge whopping wait on ppl being processed. So I had to move forward the mortgage payment reduction plan from the last part of my leave to the first part.
I hope this clarifies things...
01-05-2014 13:31 #204
I'm Finding this thread quite informative & seeing both sides of the equation. (Keeping my opinions to myself on this one)
Out of curiosity did any one here have kids before ANY type of PPL or baby bonus scheme came in? I did.
01-05-2014 13:39 #205
01-05-2014 13:40 #206
And when my ex & I divorced I was later diagnosed with having had a mental breakdown but had signed away all my rights to a share of his super & our properties. Bit complaining - my fault for marrying him! But am just saying relying on husbands or ex's super is not always fool proof.
01-05-2014 13:56 #207
@Sonja all my friends went back full time when bub was 3-4 mo.
Most thought it was too early and were very envious of me going back when bub was 6mo.
Not one of them would dream of working part time though - not before having 2 or 3 anyway.
But childcare and school hours are pretty aligned with business hours too.
01-05-2014 14:03 #208
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