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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Maternity Leave

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# Gender Pay Gap
Having a child has a major negative impact on women's take-home pay
The latest figures from a British study back-up other similar findings in Ireland and the US.
Voices
'What if he says a new word? What if he forgets me? The back-to-work guilts are the worst'
The fear of missing out is something every mother experiences returning to work after maternity leave, writes Jennifer Ryan Moran.
# Newborns
Paternity leave could be in place by September
Ireland is currently one of the few countries that does not offer paternity leave.
Voices
'When my maternity leave was over I cried when I dropped my son at crèche for the first time'
It’s ok to not feel ok when you return to work after maternity leave, writes Tracey Gunn.
# Baby Steps
One of the world's top tech companies is giving staff 'unlimited' parental leave
Netflix said it made the move to hold onto its best talent.
# Employment rights
Woman overlooked for promotion due to maternity leave awarded €70k
The employee says the insurance company said ‘bring it on’ when she said she would go to the Equality Tribunal.
# Your Say
Poll: Should mothers and fathers be allowed share parental leave?
New plans could see more mothers re-enter the workforce.
# rubber stamped
The boss who distributes condoms to stop maternity leave
Linda Wayman, head of a major Australian radio company, said a third of her staff are either on maternity leave or covering maternity leave.
# Dads
Irish fathers look set to benefit from two weeks paid paternity leave
Junior minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he’s confident this provision will be included in new legislation currently being drafted.
# Equality Tribunal
Receptionist wins €63k for victimisation and reduced hours after maternity leave
In a separate case, the HSE was found not to have discriminated against a young man with a number of health issues.
# Paid leave
School did not discriminate against mother who had baby through surrogacy
The school refused to pay maternity or adoptive leave to the woman.
# Pregnancy
Women who use a surrogate mother have no right to maternity leave, EU rules
However, individual states can introduce more accommodating rules themselves.
# Childcare
Here's how Fianna Fáil proposes to reform childcare and education
It proposes 52 weeks of maternity leave and a cost benefit analysis of the cost of childcare.
# Maternity Leave
Fathers should be allowed to share in mother's maternity leave - Seanad
The proposed bill would allow fathers to take a share in the 26 weeks maternity leave granted to Irish mothers.
# Dáil Éireann
TDs to debate legislation giving maternity leave rights to TDs
Fianna Fáil’s Seán Ó Fearghaíl will introduce a bill which would formally give female TDs some time off if they fall pregnant.
# Discrimination
Ex 'Price is Right' model gets $8.5 million in damages
The woman claimed the producers of the show discriminated against her after her pregnancy.
Voices
Column: How to make parental leave work for dads in Ireland too
Journalist Philip O’Connor says the system of parental leave in Sweden, where he lives, benefits children, parents and the unemployed – and it is ideal for recessionary Ireland.
# United Kingdom
UK plans for parents to share maternity leave
Nick Clegg says the UK’s current system is ‘Edwardian’ – and introduces a new regime that lets fathers share the time off.
# Maternity
Buxom young woman comments were "completely inappropriate", says head of ISME
Mark Fielding has apologised for his comments concerning the employment prospects of young women under new proposed maternity -leave laws.