The private members bill legislating for an increase of taxpayer-funded Paid Parental Leave (PPL) from 14 to 26 weeks is back in parliament today. Bear in mind, if lobbyists get 6 months it'll only be a matter of time before they want 1 year.
The main argument goes that bonding and breastfeeding are so important they should be encouraged as much as possible.
If you look at how mothers are behaving after a birth most already appreciate that.
NZ statistics analysed data from 2002 -2005 when the provision was for 12 weeks PPL.
Did most mothers return to work when their leave entitlement ran out?
4 months after starting PPL only 12.5 percent were back working - at 5 months, only 33 percent.
30 percent had not returned to work after 18 months.
So, outside of 12 weeks, the majority of mothers were already funding motherhood themselves. They don't need the taxpayer to make it possible for them to stay home.
Finally, "Employment and return to work rates were higher for those who had earned the most before starting parental leave. "
The people who least need taxpayer support return to work faster anyway.
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