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An illustration of a mother working from home while caring for a newborn

An illustration of a mother working from home while caring for a newborn

Pregnant women are entitled to different types of maternity leave depending on the country. Stock image

Pregnant women are entitled to different types of maternity leave depending on the country. Stock image

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An illustration of a mother working from home while caring for a newborn

Under new legislation being brought to Cabinet, parents will be allowed up to five days off work to care for their sick children.

Since the pandemic more people are seeking a better work-life balance, as many have realised how little leisure time they were having before – with commuting, working over-time, tending to a house and looking after children all adding to daily pressures. 


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