okay, do we live in the right country??
this huffington post article states that the insurance australia group (iag), one of australia’s largest companies, will double the salaries of new mothers during their first six weeks back from maternity leave - on top of the paid 14 weeks of maternity leave the company also offers. this strategy is meant to incentive new mothers to stay with the company.
further, this type of incentive is the norm in europe, and as we know, completely unheard of in the u.s., where employers are not required to provide paid maternity leave. when i had my son i barely had enough leave to cover my time off, and it would have been such a relief to know that not only could i have 14 weeks at home with my baby, but also extra funds when i returned to work.
iag states that they started to notice more and more women not returning to the workforce after giving birth, and this strategy more cost effective than recruiting new talent. “we want to make sure that we attract and retain the best people…”, said mike wilkins, iag’s ceo.
kudos to iag for recognizing the worth of working moms…we rock!
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