NZ Herald 1 September 2019Increasing the daddy quotaParental leave entitlements are a combination of government and workplace arrangements, so what’s available to dads can differ. The minimum entitlement in Australia, as mentioned, is the federal government-paid “Dad and Partner Pay” (DaPP). The government also provides 18 weeks’ pay at the minimum wage to the primary care giver, but fathers claim this in just 5% of cases.The tendency is for mothers to also take the bulk of leave entitlements in “shared parental leave” systems, where leave is granted to the couple, who then decide how to split it. New Zealand and Canada have such systems, and the evidence is they do not encourage fathers to take leave.Emerging evidenceThere is increasing evidence of the benefits of ensuring a “daddy quota”.A new study tracking the outcomes of paternity leave in South Korea since 2007 concludes that taking paternity leave is positively associated with life satisfaction for both fathers and mothers.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12263741&ref=twitter
Attorneys for Patriots Owner Robert Kraft will be in a Palm Beach County Courtroom today arguing that the undercover video that was taken at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter should be thrown out and not allowed as evidence at his trial for misdemeanor solicitation. Earlier a judge blocked the video’s release to the public.However, 58 year-old Shen Mingbi was arrested this week and charged with providing sex to Kraft for money at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.It is not clear if she will flip and testify against him at his jury trial. Kraft has plead not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of solicitation.