What do you all think of this? I think I may feel differently than the rest of you but I’m not sure. I think this is a topic we’ve never discussed here.
I’m going to tell you how I feel on two different levels. My husband is an employer and I think it would be hard for any company to keep a job open for someone for a full year.
On the other hand. I’ve looked for jobs in Canada and know several friends who got “maternity leave” jobs but a lot of people don’t want to work for only a year. They really are hard to fill jobs. In a lot of places you can keep the job they hire you for and they will give the mom or dad a different job when they come back. Unless they do that job better than anyone else but we all know there’s always someone to take your place. Nobody is indispensable.
But a lot of jobs say they’re for a mat leave term and then some people won’t even bother to apply and a lot of times it’s up to the remaining employee’s to try to do that job and then hard feelings develop and worse, some parent’s decide not to come back to work but they don’t say anything until the year is up so they still get paid but in the meantime, nobody is doing that job so no matter what you hear, all is not well in this category but it’s not talked about.
Where do you stand on this? Do you think maternity leave should be for a year and do you think it should be able to taken by either the mom or dad?