Female executives forego extended parental leave

Job commitment reason for early return.
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/21/2003

Canadian female executives don’t intend to take advantage of extended employment insurance benefits and parental leave provisions. They want to get back to work.

As of the end of 2000, 50 weeks of employment insurance benefits are available to new mothers. Canadian jurisdictions have also passed amendments to employment standards laws permitting combined maternity/parental leave of at least a year.

However, the recent third annual POLLARA Survey for the Women’s Executive Network reveals that, despite these increases, most executive women would only take 39.7 weeks off work to have a baby.