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#Maternity Leave

# maternity-leave - Thursday 2 August, 2018

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returns to work 6 weeks after giving birth

Ardern’s partner, TV fishing show host Clarke Gayford, plans to be a stay-at-home dad.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Column: 'We are required to provide a sick cert to cover the period of absence to give birth'

If we have any hope of enticing more women into public office here in Ireland, the existing policy on maternity supports and arrangements needs significant reform, writes Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 3 July, 2018

From The Daily Edge Serena Williams' post-pregnancy return to tennis is bringing sexism in the game to the fore Goat

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 24 April, 2018

6 events for mums on maternity leave - from book clubs to baby-friendly movie screenings

Here’s our pick of Irish events you can happily cart your new baby along to, exploding nappies and all.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 3 April, 2018

Parents Panel: How did you find returning to work after maternity leave?

‘My office gave me all the facilities to pump and store breastmilk during the day, including a small fridge.’

# maternity-leave - Thursday 22 March, 2018

From The Daily Edge Here's why this Maryland politician's decision to breastfeed in her campaign video is so important Time Off

Here's why this Maryland politician's decision to breastfeed in her campaign video is so important

TDs and councillors not getting maternity leave in Ireland is a huge problem.

# maternity-leave - Monday 18 December, 2017

'A disgrace': The mothers of premature babies who say they've been left behind by the Minister

Maternity leave was extended for mothers of premature babies back in October – but not for parents of infants born before then.

# maternity-leave - Monday 2 October, 2017

'My son had a 10% chance of survival and I only had 8 weeks paid leave when I got him home'

Calls for extended maternity leave and benefit for mothers of premature babies.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 26 September, 2017

Cork councillor with young baby back at work after discovering she's not entitled to maternity leave

Legislation states that a representative must resign if they haven’t attended a meeting in six months.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 27 June, 2017

Cllr Jennifer Whitmore: 'I'm shocked a breastfeeding politician was considered news'

Maternity leave should be a universal right regardless of whether you are elected or unelected, writes Jennifer Whitmore.

# maternity-leave - Wednesday 5 April, 2017

FactFind: How generous is maternity leave in Ireland?

Women in Ireland get some of the longest maternity leave periods in Europe – but also some of the lowest-paid.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 4 April, 2017

Dáil to debate extending maternity leave for the 4,500 Irish mothers who start it in hospital every year

One mother said the current system is unfair but it isn’t something you think about until you find yourself in that situation.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 28 March, 2017

Opinion: 'We don't need female traffic lights. We do need decent maternity pay'

An economic downturn isn’t an acceptable excuse for unfair treatment of pregnant women, writes Lorraine Courtney.

# maternity-leave - Thursday 9 March, 2017

Woman who was sacked when six months pregnant to receive €30,000

The woman was told “business is business, enjoy your maternity” when she was sacked.

# maternity-leave - Friday 3 March, 2017

7,000 fathers have taken paid paternity leave since it was introduced

The initiative allows fathers to take two weeks off work to help care for their babies, if they have enough PRSI contributions.

# maternity-leave - Monday 30 January, 2017

Ireland's maternity benefit now helps migrants who want to travel home

Mothers who want to leave the EU to travel home can now continue to get maternity leave – which wasn’t the case before now.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 23 August, 2016

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.

# maternity-leave - Friday 29 January, 2016

‘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.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 26 January, 2016

Paternity leave could be in place by September

Ireland is currently one of the few countries that does not offer paternity leave.

# maternity-leave - Sunday 15 November, 2015

‘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.

# maternity-leave - Wednesday 5 August, 2015

From Business ETC One of the world’s top tech companies is giving staff ‘unlimited’ parental leave 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.

# maternity-leave - Friday 19 June, 2015

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.

# maternity-leave - Monday 6 April, 2015

Poll: Should mothers and fathers be allowed share parental leave? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should mothers and fathers be allowed share parental leave?

New plans could see more mothers re-enter the workforce.

# maternity-leave - Thursday 5 March, 2015

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.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 20 January, 2015

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.

# maternity-leave - Monday 15 September, 2014

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.

# maternity-leave - Monday 18 August, 2014

School did not discriminate against mother who had baby through surrogacy

The school refused to pay maternity or adoptive leave to the woman.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 18 March, 2014

Women who use a surrogate mother have no right to maternity leave, EU rules

However, individual states can introduce more accommodating rules themselves.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

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 - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

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.

# maternity-leave - Friday 19 April, 2013

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.

# maternity-leave - Monday 26 November, 2012

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.

# maternity-leave - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

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.

# maternity-leave - Monday 17 January, 2011

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-leave - Wednesday 20 October, 2010

Buxom young woman comments were "completely inappropriate", says head of ISME 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.

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