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Recommendation 9. That an ’endowed chair’ (reclining armchair on casters) be provided to enable pregnant women and women returning to work to rest. 10. A number of the issues identified in the 2005 Review of Paid Parental Leave remained as barriers in 2006. In particular, some academic women reported that their teaching load was doubled when they returned to work. General-staff women reported being overloaded with work in their final weeks before taking leave and then feeling pressured to return earlier than they intended. Some women in both groups reported feeling undermined by negative attitudes and a resistance to flexibility. A response to the 2005 review was to provide more information for staff. It may be necessary to focus future resources on managers and heads of department to assist their management of staff taking parental leave. Recommendation 10. a That a fact sheet be produced for managers to assist them in responding appropriately to staff requests for parental leave. This fact sheet will include information such as: ƒ Legal requirements; ƒ University policies; ƒ How to create a supportive climate for pregnant women, women returning to work, women breastfeeding; and ƒ Guidelines for covering work for both academic and general staff. 10. b That an appropriate session on the University’s policies around parental leave, support for breastfeeding mothers and women returning to work be included in professional development and training for managers and heads of department. 11. Effective implementation of these recommendations should have a significant impact on the employment conditions of women returning to work. An interim progress report six months after commencement of the project and a full report on achievements twelve months after commencement would be appropriate. It would be expected that a follow–up project in the future would indicate higher levels of satisfaction in the provisions available for women returning to work. Recommendation 11. That, following initial six and twelve-month progress reports, this project be repeated in three to five years time to evaluate advances in support provided to women returning to work.

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