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This report will not be finalised until February 2009, so there’s still a way to go until any of the proposed paid maternity leave scheme is actually set in place. Working mums shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet!
The news comes following a lot of debate in recent time over the issue of Paid Maternity Leave: Should there be statutory maternity leave? For how long and who should pay for it?
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Most developed countries around the world and several developing countries with an existing paid maternity leave system.
Examples other schemes are:
Women are entitled to a year’s maternity leave – the first six weeks at 90 per cent pay, the following 33 weeks at up to £112.75 ($240) a week and a further 13 weeks unpaid. Most companies also now offer two weeks paternity leave.
France prides itself on its family friendly policies, including the introduction of maternity leave on almost full pay, ranging from 20 weeks for the first child, to 40 weeks or more for the third child when grants, allowances and tax breaks also increase substantially. Most employers are also obliged to keep jobs open.
The mother or father are entitled to 67 per cent of their income, up to a maximum of €1,500 ($2,440) a month, for 10 months.
Mothers can take up to 16 weeks fully funded maternity leave and a further unpaid leave of up to three years.
Mothers are entitled to full maternity pay for five months, plus a further six months at 30 per cent.
Mothers are entitled to 26 weeks maternity leave with 75 per cent pay, plus a further 14 weeks unpaid leave.
Mothers are entitled to 12 months off with 80 per cent pay or 10 months with full pay. Fathers who opt to be stay-at-home dads are entitled to similar benefits and at the very least they are given four weeks paternity leave.
She lives in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and is a "baby planner" and the owner / founder of Planning for Babe.
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THE WOMEN thewomenthemovie.com is the archetypal Chick Flick. It follows a group of female friends when the one they envied most discovers her husband is cheating on her.
It’s about friends and mothers and daughters; breaking up and finding your way back; reinventing yourself and walking through fire for what you believe in.
Diane English, the creator of Murphy Brown, has gathered an exceptional cast for the remake of George Cukor’s 1939 classic. They include Meg Ryan, Debra Messing, Annette Benning, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eva Mendes as the home wrecker, Carrie Fisher and Candice Bergen.
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