Thursday, July 3, 2008

Spotlight on Maternity Leave

The latest Australian Labour Market Statistics release (cat. no. 6105.0) contains four new 'spotlight' articles - which bring together data on key topics relating to labour statistics.

Spotlight - Maternity Leave:
The issue of paid maternity leave has achieved increasing prominence in Australia over the past few years, particularly within the context of an ageing population and initiatives to increase the fertility rate in Australia; the ability of Australian families to balance their work and family responsibilities; and concerns over the costs and availability of child care. There has been ongoing debate about whether there should be a paid maternity leave scheme, and if so, who would fund such a scheme.

This article highlights changes in paid maternity leave coverage over the past five years, and explores some of the characteristics of female employees who have paid maternity leave entitlements.

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