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Questions to avoid asking returning mums

Women returning to work from maternity leave are often asked lots of ridiculous sexist questions. Some examples are "Will you be taking maternity leave again?" "Are you ready to get back into work?" "Can we rely on you?" despite Australian laws prohibiting return-to-work discriminations, one in every two mothers reported driscrimination in the workplace. Asking discriminatory questions during the hiring process is illegal, understanding what recruiters can and can't ask mums returning to work starts with being aware of the law - intentions are irrelevant. Conscious and unconcious biases have no place in the conversation of women returning to work, women don't need to be shamed when they are back at work and asked "Who is looking after your kids?", people need to check their biases. There are lots of things leaders and colleagues can do to support women to have a smooth transition back into work, so don't be afraid to ask how you can help. Organisations should leverage the potential of women returning to work, as often they can gain and improve transferrable skills during their time away from the workplace.

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