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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 AvatarLittle Jackie Paper 18th Jan - 3:48pm
    Alan Depauw - Perhaps. Whilst I guess that technically the PM could manipulate such a situation it would be a bit odd for governing party...
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    Alan I wouldn`t want to rely on the IMF too much. A former French finance minister ( unbiased???) said that Brexit would be bad, seriously...
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    @malc You ask "Only 23% want to stay in EU and that’s good news? " It sounds pretty good to me!
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    Little Jackie Paper- The Fixed Term Parliament Act is not an insurmountable obstacle. The Act removed the PM’s unilateral right to dissolve Parliament. Instead, it...
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    I see your point, but no I personally would not want to decouple such a decision from the overt processes of representative democracy, and immerse...
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    Alan DePauw - 'They would surely succumb to the temptation of dissolving parliament to seek the mandate they so glaringly lack. Therefore, those who want...