The rules for the Rudd government’s new paid maternity leave scheme enable women to take leave from three months before their baby is due to arrive. That seems sensible to me; plenty of mothers are able to work until just before the birth of their baby, but plenty of mothers need to leave work earlier, for all sorts of reasons. Just because some women are able to manage working right up until their due date doesn’t mean that all women can, or should.
Here’s how The Australian reported it (not on-line, as far as I can tell).
Rules to let mums-to-be rest before birth
Pregnant women would be able to quit work three months before the birth of their child and still be eligible for the Rudd government’s new maternity leave pay under rules unveiled yesterday.
And here’s now The Adelaide Advertiser reported it.
WOMEN will be able to quit work up to three months before having a baby and still be eligible for taxpayer-funded maternity leave.
The loophole was revealed in draft legislation setting out how the scheme will operate when it comes into effect on January 1.
The story in The Australian was written by Patricia Karvelas and Jodie Minus.
The story in The Advertiser was written by Ben Packham.