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3 June 2011

Database on legal maternity protection by country

Author: International Labour Organization

[The TRAVAIL Database of Conditions of Work and Employment Laws provides a picture of the regulatory environment of working time, minimum wages and maternity protection in more than 100 countries around the world. It contains comprehensive legal...

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27 May 2011

Milk activist is taken away after protest at office [China]

Author: Ng Tze-wei, South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

Milk activist Zhao Lianhai was taken away by mainland authorities yesterday after trying to enter the headquarters of a dairy industry association in Beijing to ask about a compensation fund set up for the 300,000 victims of melamine-tainted milk...

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28 March 2011

Fathers to sacrifice paternity leave [UK]

Author: Management in Practice

More than four out of 10 men will forego their right to extended paternity rights, according to a new survey...More than half of those who would not take the leave said that they simply could not afford to take more time off, or work pressures would...

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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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20 October 2010

Maternity and paternity leave: the small print

Author: Ben Shore, BBC

To think of maternity leave as a straightforward benefit to a new mum is wrong. European policy makers need to balance not just their desire to provide security for mothers, and to ensure they do not damage their careers, but also how far to encourage...

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16 August 2010

Why does big business hate maternity leave?

Author: Joanna Moorhead, Guardian [UK]

A new survey suggests that motherhood and high-flying careers are still mutually exclusive...53% of those questioned said that women who want a big business post should give up all thoughts of maternity leave [which they call a] "career break"...[The...

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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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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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13 April 2010

How to Create a Maternity Leave Policy

Author: J.J. McCorvey, Inc.com

Establishing a solid maternity leave policy can drive employee retention, increase productivity and help protect your company against discrimination lawsuits...[The] task force behind the creation of the policy...should include management, the HR and...

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25 October 2009

Maternity Leave – The Rights of Your Employees [South Africa]

Author: Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur [South Africa]

[T]he law protects women against unfair discrimination arising from any form of prejudice...[and] entitle[s] [employees] to four months unpaid maternity leave...[but] [c]ompanies in South Africa are not obliged by law to provide paid maternity leave.....

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