The election and paid parental leave
One Stuff reader asks political parties about their policies on paid parental leave.
What do you think?
Here is an interesting point to mull over… as things currently stand paid parental leave is provided only to mothers/parents in paid work. On the surface of it this makes sense – the rationale being that they are being compensated for the paid work they cannot do while caring for their children. However this means that families who choose to have a parent at home full time (particularly in the case of subsequent children) are financially penalised for this choice. Does this send a message that we see ‘at home parents’ as second class citizens? Or that the work they do is not valuable? Would our society look different if we offered (for example) a paid parental stipend to ALL parents for the first 13 weeks (or longer)?
A few more articles on the topic…
- New Zealand Herald article
- Are parents valued? – The Family Commissions online panel
- Two articles on Australian paid parental leave – one and two
We’re interested in your thoughts and experiences.
Did you access paid parental leave?
Have you returned to work? Why? Why not?
Do you think New Zealand’s current parental leave provisions are adequate?
What would you like to see change?