The Federal Government’s plan for a maternity leave scheme heralds a
new era of support for families. The introduction of 18 weeks paid
maternity leave for working mothers was long awaited and has been
welcomed by employees and employers alike.
But, hopefully this scheme, when up and running, will be cost-
neutral to employers, because any scheme that makes it more
expensive to employ women will not work in the interests of women or
business. While it may encourage women to come back to the
workplace after maternity leave, it might deter employers from taking
them on in the first place.
However, the budget overall seemed like a fair deal for
employers, with no major surprises or concerns. The $22 billion
which has been committed to improving’ infrastructure will, all
according to plan, provide multiple benefits for the nation, including
fiscal stimulus and jobs.
Jobs, jobs, jobs – keep them coming. And not just that, but
information and advice for employers struggling under economic and
financial pressure about how to survive without slashing jobs. There
have been umpteen surveys, reports and evidence to support that
cutting jobs is more than often not the answer. It will be interesting
when all this economic drama has calmed, to compare the results of
those companies that slashed jobs against those that didn’t.
I have a feeling I know who will come out on top.