Why or why not, and what impact will it have on women being more committed to staying with their jobs/careers?
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Companies don't pay for mat leave here, the government does via employment insurance. Problem solved.
When businesses have to pay for the benefit through taxes and fees, it is a cost on them.
And if women should be home with the kids, why aren't we giving stay at home mothers more money?
But it's not specific to maternity leave, they're paying into EI for every single employee which covers a variety of things. Lumping mat leave with it takes the discrimination away - they'll be paying the EI whether it's a man or a woman.