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    Maternity and Paternity leave for Councillors

    A number of Councils have formal or informal arrangements to allow Councillors to take maternity and paternity leave. I was involved in drafting my Council’s policy. You can view our policy here. You can view the Manchester Labour Group policy here. You can also view  Camden’s policy online at http://democracy.camden.gov.uk/documents/s51723/PART%206%20Members%20Allowance%20Scheme.pdf. If your Council has a maternity/paternity policy… This content was originally published here.

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    UNICEF calls for paternity leave

    COINDESK.COM The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged all countries to provide fathers with legally paid paternity leave to enable them have adequate time to spend with their newborn babies. Almost two-thirds of the world’s children under the age of one live in countries where fathers are not legally entitled to any paid paternity leave, according to a new analysis by UNICEF. There are also 92 countries which lack national policies ensuring that new fathers get adequate paid time off, to spend with their newborn babies, UNICEF said. “Positive and meaningful interaction with mothers and fathers from the very beginning, helps to shape children’s brain growth and development for life,…

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    Returning to Chai from Maternity Leave

    Jen Gelberger, a Chai Lifeline Case Manager, reflects on her return to Chai Lifeline after a year away on maternity leave It is hard to believe that I have been back at Chai Lifeline for just over three months now. It almost feels like I never left! After taking a year maternity leave, I jumped right back into a full caseload that is unfortunately continuing to grow on a regular basis. While the demands of the case manager job are great, and the hours are long and unpredictable, I truly feel it is a privilege to be able to do such meaningful work day in and day out. I am…

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    What happened to paternity leave?

    Two thirds of children in the world live in countries where fathers aren’t allowed a single paid day off to spend with their newborns. The first 1,000 days of life are the most critical stage of human development, both physically and cognitively and affectively, however, 90 million children under one year live in places where the father is not entitled to a single day of paid leave to take care of them. Almost two thirds of babies in this age group worldwide, according to a UNICEF analysis, reside in the 92 countries that lack national policies that guarantee paid leave for men. The so-called responsible care, that is, the interaction…

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    Paternity leave for fathers in the Czech Republic

    The exciting news is forthcoming and it will directly affect the modern day family unit in the Czech Republic. It looks like mothers will get more support from fathers and simultaneously fathers will have the chance to bond with their newborn. One study reveals that even minimal father involvement in early care increases the likelihood that he will be more involved in the child’s life later on. If fathers do not create a bond from the beginning, they may feel that the mother is better at caregiving and fathers will then take a step back. Under the existing rule, a father can take parental allowance, but not at the same…

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    Reps blocks paternity leave Bill

    OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has rejected a bill for an act to provide the option of paternity leave to all married male employees in private and public sectors. Unfortunately, the bill failed to garner enough votes to scale through its second reading during plenary. The bill, sponsored by Edward Pwajok (APC, Plateau), intended to create a legal framework to provide optional paternity leave to married men when they welcome a new child. The bill would have also provided a procedure for the application and grant of paternity leave, as well as penalties for violations of the provisions of the bill. In his lead debate, Pwajok noted that paternity leave…

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    Beyond Maternity Leave

    Katie Martin / The Atlantic This is the sixth story in a seven-part series looking at women’s ambitions in the years following college. It’s hard to run headlong into the issue of women and work without face-planting over the current state of paid parental leave in the United States. Article after article reports on the barely existent policies, punctuated with reports that range from depressing (only the U.S. and Papua New Guinea don’t mandate some paid time off) to tragic. So we anticipated hearing a lot of stories from our former classmates about how they’d struggled to return to work after abbreviated leaves, or left altogether because they couldn’t bring…

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    Fight for Maternity Leave

    I’ve got three kids. Three kids is SO MANY KIDS. (I know that there are many serving in ministry who have more kids. And you are amazing. Look:.  you’re amazing if you have one. Or two. Or nine. Or none. Let’s just agree everyone is amazing, unless they actively undergird the systems and policies that maintain the patriarchy… they are not amazing.) Two of my children were born while I was employed full time at my church. Many who’ve been in ministry a long time know that churches are notorious for being bad at HR (human resources). If you’re like me and are a United Methodist, your church is legally…

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    Why Dads Should Take Paternity Leave

    One of our favourite places to relax is the beach! As much as we love being gay dads, we face some unique challenges as a same-sex couple due to people’s’ expectations around gender roles. It’s why we’re so excited to partner with Dove Men+Care, which champions paternity leave for all types of dads, across the country and around the world. When men have an expanded opportunity to care, there is a positive impact on them and society overall. The first day we brought Milo home from the hospital, our neighbour asked, “So who will do the mom stuff!” We were both taken aback, but we tried to laugh it off.…