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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s my first day of maternity leave – or rather the first day where I’m off work and my colleagues are not. Briefly I look at my watch and imagine my classroom, my students, and what they might be doing; then I forget all about them. The heater and the AC in my car have been broken for weeks, but I’ve never had time to fix them before now – needing the car for my daily commute across Auckland. I drop it off at the garage and am told it might take three hours or more to fix. I head […]
In my last post, I laid out several of the problems with the current structure of maternity leave and flexible work policies in the United States, including the gender gap in earnings and the expectation that women will still be responsible for childcare and domestic tasks implicit in many leave policies. As I outlined, these policies don’t fix the problem and may actually make it worse. Thankfully, there are ways to correct this problem. Research consistently shows one of the best ways to combat the gender wage gap is to offer new fathers paternity leave. The thought as to why […]
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here. I’m a full-time freelance web designer and developer—and a momma. I have two kiddos—Quinn and Julia, ages 9 and 3. So fellow freelancers, especially ones who are expecting, ask me all the time: Did you take maternity leave? How do you handle childcare? Well, as you know, self-employment doesn’t come with maternity leave. (Although some states like New […]
I’ve been obnoxiously bragging (sorry/not sorry) about the fact that Hubs had the incredible benefit of paternity leave for this round of baby. His company graciously started providing six weeks about a year ago and I couldn’t have been more thrilled when we found out. Now that we’ve shared our time home with sweet LM3, I’m still thinking about just how lucky we were to experience the first few weeks of her life together with our whole family. I experienced really bad postpartum depression with LM1. It lasted for months. It took a long time for me to rebound. I didn’t […]
By Jacques van Wyk, Director and Yusha Davidson, Candidate Attorney The Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997 (“BCEA”) presently entitles a female employee to at least four consecutive months of maternity leave. The BCEA does not, however, entitle an employee to paternity leave. The Labour Laws Amendment Bill (“LLA Bill”), which has been passed by Parliament and has been sent for assent by the President, amends the BCEA to provide for parental leave, adoption leave, and commissioning parental leave and the payments in connection therewith. The LLA Bill amends the BCEA to provide that an employee, who is […]
Converting the 1’s and 0’s of the tech world into a easy to comprehend language. This content was originally published here.
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