Holly Walker
Sharpen up Business NZ

Does Business New Zealand’s Paul Mackay really think that all the mums that take the first year of their child’s life off work come back less competent than their colleagues. Really?

His comparison of mothers returning from parental leave being like rugby players trying to get back on the ‘top team’ straight away left me pretty gobsmacked yesterday.

In submitting on Sue Moroney’s Bill to extend paid parental leave, we heard Business New Zealand’s views that employers “may well think hard before again employing a woman of child bearing age”.

Never mind that this sort of discrimination is illegal, I’ve seen parents come back from parental leave sharper, more passionate, and with new skills and abilities that they bring to their work.

I wonder if today Paul Mackay might have an Alasdair Thompson style hangover.

2 thoughts on “Sharpen up Business NZ

  1. all the mums that take the first year of their child’s life off work come back less competent than their colleagues

    Paul Mackay – let me fix your statement:

    for many jobs, if a practitioner takes a year off work they come back less competent than their colleagues

    Yeah, that’s Ok.

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  2. Holly says “we heard Business New Zealand’s views that employers “may well think hard before again employing a woman of child bearing age”.

    Never mind that this sort of discrimination is illegal,… ”

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, if I have a choice of two equal job applicants, which would I choose if one of them –
    - may take six months off every year or two
    - each time requiring several thousand dollars to advertise and find a temporary replacement.
    - each time requiring several thousand dollars in wages “overlap” to train up the temporary replacement.

    It may not be a big deal to a large company, but it is often a huge disruption and cost to the 95% of NZ businesses who are not large.

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