FI Briefing: Maternity Leave, Parental Choice and Child Welfare

12 June 2012

How much leave should be available exclusively to mothers when they have a baby – and how much should be shareable with the father?


In our briefing, Maternity Leave, Parental Choice and Child Welfare: Setting an Optimum Level for Maternity Leave, we argue in favour of extending the flexibility on offer. Let’s give families the choice over who does what when a baby arrives. Without it, mum’s left holding the baby – whether or not that makes sense for the family.

Download the report here: Maternity Leave, Parental Choice and Child Welfare.

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  • andrew says:

    Yes yes yes. Of course. Pure genius. Reducing maternity leave to two weeks is key to liberating women in the workplace. Never mind the equal pay act or the sex discrimination act, this will do more to promote womens rights since they got the vote. Imagine, upwardly mobile women will be vieing for those top jobs (apparently only 1 in 5 top jobs are curently taken up by women according to a business survey) and their will be gender equality breaking out everywhere.

    Almost by default men will reap the benefit realising their long awaited desire to be acknowledged as carers of their children. Who knows they may even have better luck in Court when trying to seek access and care of their children.

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