The Unintended Consequences of Maternity Leaves: How Agency Interventions Mitigate the Negative Effects of Longer Legislated Maternity Leaves

While economists have looked at parental leave length and career impact for women, the study, published in the prestigious Journal of Applied Psychology, was the first of its kind to investigate why women were often penalised for taking a longer maternity leave, and strategies to overcome this.

One solution to overcome perceptions could be keeping in touch programs.  

The research also highlights the unconscious biases women are still expected to challenge to keep their careers on track, and why it is imperative that employers consider the systemic changes required to support managers and peers to overcome these biases.