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  • Finnish government withdraws plans to reform Homecare Allowance
    to withdraw its proposals to reform the Homecare Allowance scheme and the universal right to early childhood services Under these proposals the HCA period would have been split between parents as non transferable quotas and the right to early childhodd services from birth would have been restricted to part time attendance for children with a parent at home on Maternity Paternity or Parental leave or supported by the Homecare Allowance

    Original URL path: http://www.leavenetwork.org/news/show/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=2669&cHash=e84173d9216ae943f5c0ece0271d4f8f?&type=98 (2016-02-15)
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  • Obama introduces paid leave - for federal workers
    weeks of advanced paid sick leave to care for a new child or ill family members He has called on Congress to expand these benefits further by passing the Healthy Families Act which would grant Americans seven days a year of paid sick time As part of its forthcoming budget the administration is also to propose using more than 2 billion in new funds to encourage states to develop paid

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  • New report on reconciling work, private and family life in Europe
    the life course including gender differences in areas such as labour force participation working hours and contributions to household income and domestic work The report concludes that there have been improvements in gender equality but women continue to lag behind on labour force participation and earnings face slower transition to their first job while contributing more to domestic tasks even if they are breadwinners Such inequalities are particularly pronounced among

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  • Does pregnancy and leave taking still lead to discrimination?
    surveys of women and men examines the extent nature and impact of discrimination in Australian workplaces related to pregnancy parental leave and return to work after taking leave As part of its Supporting Working Parents Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review the Australian Human Rights Commission reports that half of Australian women surveyed experienced discrimination during pregnancy leave or on return to work ranging from negative attitudes and comments

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  • White House budget proposal supports paid leave
    2014 President Obama s budget proposal 4 March 2014 includes a total of 105 million to support a State Paid Leave Fund This includes 100 million to provide technical assistance and support to states considering following in the footsteps of California New Jersey and Rhode Island the only states in the United States to offer paid family leave insurance The budget proposal also strengthens enforcement of existing laws including the

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  • New article on family policy transfers in Germany and Austria
    has been an intensive exchange between Germany and Austria in their family policy reform processes Additionally there has been a growing interest in learning from abroad in general with the Nordic countries often serving as examples Partly this is connected to an increased family policy activity of the EU particularly through soft law methods like the open method of coordination Through case studies of parental leave and childcare reforms in

    Original URL path: http://www.leavenetwork.org/news/show/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=2601&cHash=7203930ca7b023250a29d0b4eef24305?&type=98 (2016-02-15)
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  • Time off and parental leave for new fathers can make a difference
    argues that when fathers in heterosexual couples experience the transition to parenthood in ways that are structurally comparable to mothers they come to think about and enact parenting in ways that are more similar to mothers She considers the role played by extended time off after the birth of a child in structuring that experience and how this time off provides the space necessary for fathers to develop the parenting

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  • Challenges of fitting fathers into work-family policies in times of economic turbulence
    article by Margaret O Brien provides results from a comparative policy analysis of leave policies and working time in 2010 11 in selected rich middle and poorer income countries Short well compensated paternity leave is emerging in poorer and middle income countries but none offer the range of father targeted parental leave found in some richer countries A comparison of leave policy changes affecting fathers in 2010 11 showed resilience

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