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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 AvatarDavid Raw 21st Jan - 3:04pm
    "An independent Scotland would be a socialist utopia". I've never heard that and it's certainly not true. What is true is that Scotland is less...
  • User AvatarRichard Whelan 21st Jan - 2:54pm
    Caron This is great news particularly since our government's policy vis a vis Brexit has the potential to have an adverse impact on women. Just...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 21st Jan - 2:49pm
    Don't know about anyone else but I become more and more and more and more impressed with Sarah Olney every week. She has that campaigner's...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 21st Jan - 2:21pm
    I wasn't there for that part of the discussion so I don't know exactly what happened.
  • User AvatarGlenn 21st Jan - 2:14pm
    The Tories are not breaking up the UK. When it happens it will be the inevitable consequence of devolving power. As for fighting for the...
  • User AvatarLaurence Cox 21st Jan - 2:01pm
    Labour are panicking, that is why they lash out at us. This Daily Telegraph story indicates that they will lose Copeland: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/20/exclusive-labour-set-lose-copeland-by-election-partys-canvass/ I suspect that...