Mama of maternity leave
The long overdue increase in maternity leave has just been passed in the senate – giving new mums 18 weeks of paid leave, at the minimum wage of $590 a week!
The reforms will be effective as of January 2011, making it great news for mums-to-be currently in their first trimester, or couples preparing for the pitter-patter of tiny feet.
But the bit that I like best, is the part that says that the paid leave can be ‘rolled over’ to new dads, allowing mums that want to return to work to do so without forfeiting their benefits.
I don’t have kids (or any immediate plans to procreate), so the reforms don’t have much of an impact on my life at this point, but I’d be interested to hear what you guys think.
Is 18 weeks is a fair amount of time? Are you happy that there’s now the choice to have either paid maternity, or paternity leave? And for those mums that missed out on this benefit, did you feel that former 12 weeks paid leave was adequate? Or did you feel you had to go back to work before you were ready for financial reasons?
What do you think about the new paid maternity/paternity allowances?