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Study: 27% of women quit jobs or career upon childbirth

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWhen a child is born, 27% of women quit their jobs and entire careers. Only 10% of men do the same. Trends also show that more and more fathers become engaged in raising children around the world, according to global study results.

Statistics show that 39% of women and 24% of men quit their jobs for longer than their parental leave allows. After returning to work, 42% of women work less hours a day.

It should be said that the State Labour Inspectorate emphasizes that once a worker comes back from parental leave, the employer has to provide them the previous job. If that is not possible, an equal job with similar benefits and duties has to be provided instead. The question is whether or not it is possible to retain a job and income on the same level after coming back from parental leave.

As noted by business management, leadership tutor Kintija Barloti, childbirth brings major changes to a family’s environment. New priorities emerge. Because of that, people are forced to look at their situation from a different perspective. Many mothers ask themselves if it is worth returning to their jobs. First of all, it is important to consider if their jobs can even be combined with their family duties.

The law allows preserving jobs and wages

The law states that the employer must preserve the job while the woman is away on parental leave. Section 109 of the Labour Law states that an employer is prohibited from giving a notice of termination of an employment contract to a pregnant woman, as well as to a woman following the period after birth up to one year, but if a woman is breastfeeding — during the whole period of breastfeeding, but no longer than until two years of age of the child.

Section 146 provides an employee who has a child one and a half years of age special breaks to feed the child. These breaks should not be shorter than 30 minutes and at least once every three hours.

Barloti notes that as soon as a woman comes to work, she enters a disadvantageous situation. If reorganization was performed at a company and the job was liquidated in the process, the employer is obligated to offer an equal replacement job with a salary equal or at least similar to the previous job.

Barloti offers advice to young mothers when returning to their jobs:

-first of all it is necessary to review and update data in one’s CV, add lectures or training courses that were attended. If you feel you cannot fully come back to work, or consider the option to work from home – the modern age offers different educational courses on the internet.

-in addition, it would be worth doing other tasks if you plan to come back to work, such as preparing a work comeback plan that includes family, legal and other matters. Depending on the age of the child and the situation in the family, it may be worth looking for a nanny.

-it is also recommended to return to work on a Thursday or Friday, because starting with a full work week may be too much physically and psychologically.

-to return to work after taking care of a child, it is recommended to use a diary to plan day-to-day activities. Unlike a work calendar, planning day-to-day activities should include many different activities associated with the child. ‘It is very important, because, unlike life prior to childbirth, the child will definitely add major changes to parents’ lives.’

-The same applies to the work environment. There is no shame in asking a colleague to do something. To remain informed and up-to-date on developments at work, it is also a good idea to keep in touch with colleagues at work while on parental leave.


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