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Paid Maternity Leave overdue


In a submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parenting Leave, South Australian Equal Opportunity Commissioner Linda Matthews said she often receives enquiries from women who find their employment hours have been reduced upon telling their employer that they are pregnant, or are unable to return to their position after they have taken maternity leave Ms Matthews indicated her support for a paid maternity leave scheme.

She said,

"I am of the view that employer funded maternity leave will provide an incentive for employers not to employ women of child-bearing age, and such schemes could therefore result in an increase in sex discrimination cases".

Ms Matthews also commented on the difficulties fathers face in the workplace.

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