Saturday, July 21, 2012

Will 6 months of maternity leave for mums work?

From Straits Times, 22 Jul 2012

This is an incredible push for more babies. You can almost sense the desperation. But we're not that desperate yet. Not yet anyway.

It's quite incredulous to imagine that this would work.

If you're running a business, there will be a huge disincentive not to hire these women. Of course, you won't be able to predict in advance who would be pregnant but that's always going to be on your mind when you hire people.

For big companies, it might not be so much on the financial expense, but more on who would cover the work left behind by the mum-to-be? Would the boss pay double and hire another part-timer because the job important and can't be left unattended?

A company exists only to make money. It just doesn't make any business sense to pay someone who's not working.

I suppose if this is implement, then women in the civil service will benefit most from it since the government has to walk the talk.

A more flexible work-hour would be more helpful.

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