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Opinion: Shared Parental Leave? Why Bother?

Nick Clegg’s announcement today may be overshadowed by various rows in the media, but this is an historic moment. Parents will soon be able to share 50 weeks of the 52 weeks maternity leave entitlement, and everyone will have the right to request flexible working.

Why does this matter?

Because we are wasting the talent of our women workers to such an extent that when women start a family they often take a drop in their pay, lose the opportunity for promotion or even can find themselves locked out of the labour market. About one million women are missing from the …

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  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 19th Sep - 4:43pm
    @Phil Beesley 19th Sep '14 - 4:35pm Ah, a fellow Lancastrian - no wonder you talk such sense! :-)
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 19th Sep - 4:40pm
    @Phil Beesley 19th Sep '14 - 3:37pm Excellent points Phil. I agree - a so-called English Parliament based on Westminster would be the worst of...
  • User AvatarCharlie 19th Sep - 4:40pm
    John Tilley That is why I pointed out the following 1. Public school pupils take twice as many A Levels in maths and science as...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 19th Sep - 4:39pm
    JohnTilley Yes, but it has taken all this for those statements finally to be made in the mosques. This is something that should have been...
  • User AvatarPhil Beesley 19th Sep - 4:35pm
    How, you might ask, do we determine the boundaries within a regionalised England? Pretty randomly and badly is my guess. Who lives in Scotland, Wales...
  • User AvatarJocky McLean 19th Sep - 4:33pm
    eg Tony Woods. By Federal do you mean Westminster Parliament? and by Regional the four National Parliaments (however constituted)?