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Database on legal maternity protection by country
International Labour Organization: TRAVAIL – Conditions of Work and Employment Programme
The database includes sections on non-discrimination and employment security for pregnant women and mothers.

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

Maternity and paternity leave: the small print
Ben Shore, BBC, 20 Oct 2010

Why does big business hate maternity leave?
Joanna Moorhead, Guardian (UK), 16 Aug 2010

Maternity at work: A review of national legislation – Findings from the ILO’s Conditions of Work and Employment Database
ILO, 30 Apr 2010

How to Create a Maternity Leave Policy
J.J. McCorvey, Inc., 13 Apr 2010

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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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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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30 April 2010

Maternity at work: A review of national legislation. Findings from the ILO's Conditions of Work and Employment Database

Author: ILO

This global report updates the current knowledge of the status and progress of maternity legislation around the world, providing a comprehensive review of national legislative provisions for maternity protection in 167 member States, with a particular...

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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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