Archive for the ‘Maternity leave’ Category

EU maternity plans ‘unaffordable’ says business group

September 17, 2010

Click here for this BBC story, introduced by:

European plans to change maternity rights will cost UK firms £2.5bn a year, a business group has warned.

What will happen if some mothers decide they don’t want to be separated from their precious baby after 20 weeks maternity leave on full pay?  Will they have to pay the money back ?  If they no longer have the money available will the resulting ‘debt’  force  mothers back into the workplace against their wishes,  just when they’ve realised (too late)  how very attached they’ve become to their child?!   (more…)

New mothers forced back to work over debt worries

June 26, 2010

Click here for this Guardian article.

Ann Robinson, consumer policy director at uSwitch, said: “Debt and financial considerations combine to be the biggest motivating factor behind new mothers returning to the workplace. Despite women being told that they can ‘have it all’ and can choose whether to be a working or stay-at-home mum, the fact is that most have this choice stripped away from them by the financial realities of modern life.

…or, more specifically, this choice is stripped away by the policies of successive governments that subsidise anyone to look after children except their own parents.

Women’s rights: why too much of a good thing is bad for you

November 23, 2009

The Times reports that the toughest critics of extending women’s rights often…. not men – but women. Click here for the full story.

‘Women wreck their careers by taking a year’s maternity leave’

October 17, 2009

The Evening Standard reports:

Women are wrecking their chances of making it to the top by taking their full 12 months maternity leave, a high-flying female financier has warned.

Click here for more.

Prolonged absence from any job – and for any reason – harms careers: that’s just common sense.  Long maternity (and paternity) leave causes difficulties for the takers themselves, other employees and the business. Of course, having a parent devoted long-term to bringing up his or her own children has its own advantages.