no paid maternity leave in what is supposed to be the richest country in the world?
and as for the person below who commented that paid maternity leave was paying someone to do nothing….presumably that person has never had a child or spent any time with a newborn for the first year or his or her life? Or seen a woman for the first year after giving birth? Doing nothing it certainly isn’t!
Well, you know…shit.
why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks for doing nothing
you have a very, very odd definition of “doing nothing”.
Why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks to care for a child (which is, as the previous comment states, in no way “doing nothing”)?
Allow me to answer that for you:
- A study of 16 European countries from 1969-1994 found that “more generous paid leave is found to reduce deaths of infants and young children”; specifically, mathematical models found that
- "a 10-week increase in paid leave is predicted to reduce infant mortality rates by between 2.5% and 3.4%,"
- "a 10-week extension [in leave] is predicted to decrease post-neonatal deaths by 3.7 to 4.5% and child fatalities by 3.3 to 3.5%," and
- "rights to a year of job-protected paid leave are associated with roughly a 20% decline in post-neonatal deaths and a 15% decrease in fatalities occurring between the first and fifth birthdays" (x)
- A more recent study again of 16 European countries plus the USA and Japan found that “a 10-week extension in job-protected paid leave is predicted to decrease infant mortality rates, post-neonatal mortality rates, and child mortality rates by 2.6%, 4.1%, and 3%, respectively” but that these effects were not found if the leave was not job-protected or paid (x)
- Women who receive pad leave are more likely to be employed, 54% more likely to report wage increases, and have a 39% lower likelihood of receiving public assistance and a 40% lower likelihood of receiving food stamps in the year after the child’s birth; men were also less likely to receive public assistance and food stamps if they received paid family leave (x)
- "Maternity leave legislation in Europe effectively increases job protection and female labour market attachment" (x)
- "An increase in leave duration is associated with a decrease in [post-partum] depressive symptoms until six months postpartum" (x)
- "Shorter maternity leave (<12 weeks) was associated with higher maternal depression, lower parental preoccupation with the infant, less knowledge of infant development, more negative impact of birth on self-esteem and marriage, and higher career centrality" (x)
- "Breastfeeding duration increased sharply, by over a month, and the proportion of mothers attaining the public health benchmark of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding increased by nearly 40% [after Canada increased the length of mandated paid maternity leave]" (x)
- "Maternity leave led to small increases in birth weight, decreases in the likelihood of a premature birth, and substantial decreases in infant mortality for children of college-educated and married mothers, who were most able to take advantage of unpaid leave [in the US]" (x)
- "Increased time with the child [due to mandated maternity leave in Norway] led to a 2.7 percentage points decline in high school dropout and a 5% increase in wages at age 30" (x)
- "Children whose mothers return to work early are less likely to receive regular medical checkups and breastfeeding in the first year of life, as well as to have all of their DPT/Oral Polio immunisations (in approximately the first 18 months of life)" and "children whose mothers return full-time within 12 weeks are more likely to have externalising behaviour problems at age 4" (x)
Does that about answer it?
i saw these statistics in one of the TED talks a few weeks ago.
depressing as fuck.
After days of waiting this agent’s patience is finally rewarded. Weak with thirst, a pair of wild mattresses appear at the watering hole.
Submitted by Cannon, for which thanks.
Tears of pleasure, tears of pain, trickle down your face the same
Queens of the stone age.
Could have been written after seeing this site
We can only hope and pray that those things on the floor don’t have anything to do with this.
Submitted by M, for which thanks
Is it wrong that I hope they do?
(Nearly choked when I saw the link. If I do eventually die from choking or a laughter induced asthma attack because of your magnificent work, know that I died happy!)
It always seems a shame to leave your guests on their own while you go to the toilet. Problem solved.
Submitted by Bonnie, for which thanks.
This reminds me of a really disturbing dream I once had
missmaui04 said: Thank you for the laughs!!! Needless to say I won't be house hunting any time soon.
You’re welcome, and I’m glad to have made my contribution to the collapse of the housing market.
Oh but you should, even if you don’t want to move - property sites will never be the same again!
If a toilet falls over and there’s no-one around to hear it, I dread to think what kind of noise it makes.
I’d love to know what was going through the photographer’s mind when they decided to do this shot :D
Some goons actually visit each property to get their photographs, but this guy has it cracked - Just wait until the brochure is printed, then photograph that. Bingo!
I sent this one in. :D
I’ve found a house now, but suspect I might still browse the property listing sites to find more gems - this site has shown me that the entertainment value in estate agent listings surpasses anything the tv can offer!
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