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Africa

Mother sues bank over maternity leave [Uganda]
Sunrise(Uganda), 24 Jun 2010

South Africa: Transnet Management ‘Massive Bonuses’ Anger Unions At Wage Talks
Inet Bridge, Business Day (South Africa), 20 Apr 2010
Disputes over maternity leave -  union says it “cannot accept that the babies of manager mothers deserve two more months of maternal care than the babies of workers".

Maternity leave - The Rights of Your Employees
Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur (South Africa), 25 Oct 2009

Business owners cry foul over maternity leave plans [Kenya]
Isabella Mukumu, Business Daily (Kenya), 1 Sep 2009

Uganda: Good Labour Practices Bloom in Flower Industry
Erin Cunningham, Inter Press Service, 23 Aug 2007


Americas

Discrimination Suit Against Bloomber L.P. is Rejected [USA]
David W. Chen, New York Times, 17 Aug 2011
Judge says the company did not systematically violate the law because it did not treat women who took maternity leave differently from employees who took leaves for other reasons.

US: Lack of Paid Leave Harms Workers, Children
Human Rights Watch, 23 Feb 2011

[Video] Salary Moms Earn Far Less [USA]
ABC News (USA), 22 Aug 2010

A Labor Market Punishing to Mothers [USA]
David Leonhardt, New York Times, 3 Aug 2010

Gender discrimination alleged against Wall Street firms [USA]
Legal Info, 19 Apr 2010

Parental perks in South America
Lisa Armstrong, Working Mother, 1 Oct 2007

Maternity Leave in the United States: Paid Parental Leave Is Still Not Standard, Even Among the Best U.S. Employers
Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Aug 2007


Asia & Pacific

Longer Maternity Leave in China Signals More Women's Rights
Natasha Khan, Bloomberg, 23 Nov 2011

Maternity leave will kill your career, recruitment companies warn woman
Jane Hansen, Sunday Telegraph (Australia), 19 Sep 2010

Just who should pay for maternity leave: government or big business? [Australia]
Lucy Battersby, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 Aug 2010

Chinese Company Offers 18-Month Maternity Leave
China Sourcing News, 10 Mar 2010

Metro Group linked to horrific sweatshop conditions in Bangladesh
National Labor Committee (USA), May 2009
Metro Group response and Natl. Labor Committee follow-up statement regarding improvements at the factory also available.

A woman's dilemma [China]
Beijing Review, 13 Nov 2008
Employers reluctant to hire young women because they may later demand maternity leave, contracts prohibit pregnancy.

Hong Kong Considers Law On Paternity Leave To Encourage Baby Boom
DPA, 16 Mar 2007

Migrant workers get insufficient maternity leave [China]
Xinhuanet (China), 2 Jan 2007

Gender discrimination targeted [Japan]
Japan Times, 8 Mar 2006
Plans to facilitate maternity leave.


Europe & Central Asia

Maternity leave 'damages' careers [UK]
BBC News, 14 Jul 2008
Laws unintentionally make “women a less attractive prospect to employers”.

Maternity leave “is a business risk”
Management-issues, 5 Oct 2005
A quarter of companies in Britain view maternity and paternity leave as a business risk, with seven per cent seeing it as a serious threat.


Middle East & North Africa

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Saudi Arabia
United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, 1 Feb 2008
Participation of women in the workforce is low and paid maternity leave is only provided for in the public sector.

Push for review of maternity leave law to increase Emirati birth rate
Iman Sherif, gulfnews.com, 26 Jul 2010

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23 November 2011

Longer Maternity Leave in China Signals More Women’s Rights

Author: Natasha Khan, Bloomberg

China plans to give women eight days more paid maternity leave in an overhaul of benefits that promises to standardize and improve their labor rights...If adopted, the changes would make China compliant with International Labor Organization standards...

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17 August 2011

Discrimination Suit Against Bloomberg L.P. Is Rejected [USA]

Author: David W. Chen, New York Times

In a major victory for Bloomberg...a federal judge has dismissed claims that the company engaged in a pattern of discrimination against pregnant women and new mothers returning from maternity leave. Judge...wrote that the federal Equal Employment...

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6 June 2011

[PDF] Maternity Leave in the United States: Paid Parental Leave Is Still Not Standard, Even Among the Best U.S. Employers

Author: Institute for Women’s Policy Research

[Based on an analysis of the 100 best employers for working mothers, more than] half...provide six weeks [of paid maternity leave] or less...Nearly half fail to provide any paid leave for paternity or adoption...Some companies [such as Goldman Sachs,...

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6 June 2011

South Africa: Transnet Management 'Massive Bonuses' Anger Unions At Wage Talks

Author: Inet Bridge, Business Day [South Africa]

Disputes over maternity leave - "[a South African labour union says it] cannot accept that the babies of manager mothers deserve two more months of maternal care than the babies of workers" - birth leave for partners, and a negotiated bonus system,...

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23 February 2011

US: Lack of Paid Leave Harms Workers, Children

Author: Human Rights Watch

The 90-page report, "Failing its Families: Lack of Paid Leave and Work-Family Supports in the US," is based on interviews with 64 parents across the country. It documents the health and financial impact on American workers of having little or no paid...

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19 September 2010

Maternity leave will kill your career, recruitment companies warn women [Australia]

Author: Jane Hansen, Sunday Telegraph [Australia]

Refusing promotion to an employee because she is pregnant is illegal, but leading head-hunters admit mothers are more likely to be promoted to top-level positions…if they do not take maternity leave...[M]ore than 70 pregnancy discrimination complaints...

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22 August 2010

Salary Moms Earn Far Less [USA]

Author: ABC News - Good Morning America [USA]

A new study finds that mothers earn less than other employees. [cites research by Jane Waldfogel, Columbia Univ.]

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7 August 2010

Just who should pay for maternity leave: government or big business? [Australia]

Author: Lucy Battersby, Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]

The value of parental leave is now widely accepted...a proposal for a more generous scheme funded by businesses...has turned the debate to who should fund parental leave...[While most Australians work in small business or the public sector, it is big...

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3 August 2010

A Labor Market Punishing to Mothers [USA]

Author: David Leonhardt, New York Times

Many more women take time off from work. Many more women work part time at some point in their careers... And our economy exacts a terribly steep price for any time away from work — in both pay and promotions... Entire career paths are closed off. The...

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26 July 2010

Push for review of maternity leave law to increase Emirati birth rate

Author: Iman Sherif, gulfnews.com

A member of the Federal National Council [of the UAE] has said the maternity leave law must be reconsidered to encourage more Emiratis to have children...In 2007, a new law emerged stating that a pregnant woman would now get 45 days paid maternity...

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