In 2004, Government-funded paid parental leave (PPL) of was extended from 12 to 14 weeks.  This project considers national and international research on the qualitative costs and benefits of further lengthening PPL, with the intended audience being PPL decision-makers and researchers.  In the current economic climate, a benefit of lengthened PPL for the Government is possible spending transference from the unemployment benefit to PPL.  Longer-term Government benefits include workplace equity, workforce size and comparability to other OECD nations.  For families, benefits of lengthened PPL include child and mother health, family choice, and gender equality at work and home; while costs include employment discrimination, career advancement, and household income.  For employers, benefits include staff retention, employee satisfaction, and possibly improved output; while costs include the finding and training temporary staff.  This report recommends lengthening PPL to 26 weeks, though this increase will only be effective if the payment cap is also increased to meet minimum wage.



To view the aspects of this report that interest you, click on the links below. To return to this page at any time, click on “The Length of Paid Parental Leave” (printed in red at the top of each page).


The Outcomes
The Results Summary
The Recommendations of This Report

The Rationale
Why do we need paid parental leave?
  But surely other policies could solve these problems?
What is the current policy?
Why should we revise this policy?
Whose interests are we dealing with here?

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Bonding & Care

Family Economic Wellbeing
Gender Equity
Maternal Health

Business Productivity
Staff Retention

Government & The Economy
Macro-economic Effects
OECD Comparability

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