Social Policy Toward Families of Working Parents with Preschool Children
Author: Avraham Doron, Yossi Tamir, Chaim Adler Policy Research

This paper proposes five alternative policy options to the present arrangements for maternity leave with earning replacement allowances.

The proposals are mostly built with a view not to exceed the present costs of the maternity allowance program, thus taking into account current constraints in public expenditure, while aiming at improving the relative economic situation of families of working parents at the middle and lower income levels. Some of the alternatives also offer a greater flexibility in the conditions of leave, so that families may use the leave and the attendant financial benefits at greater convenience.

This paper appears as a chapter in the Center’s annual publication, Israel’s Social Services 1986-1987, and is available upon request.

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