Jo Swinson introduces Private Member’s Bill on parental leave

Well done to Lib Dem Deputy Leader Jo Swinson on introducing her Parental Leave and Pay Arrangements Private Member’s Bill yesterday in the Commons. Here she is talking about it:

This bill would require firms which employ more than 250 people to publish their data on parental leave and pay arrangements. As reported in the BBC

Ms Swinson said more than 54,000 women a year lose their jobs because of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, while fathers were worried about taking shared parental leave because of the negative effect on their careers.

Well done Jo on leading the charge! If enacted, this will greatly help parents and prospective parents up and down the country get the support they need from their workplaces.

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  • Innocent Bystander 7th Jun '18 - 10:36am

    Any proposals to actually help employers?

  • Nonconformistradical 7th Jun '18 - 12:44pm

    @Innocent Bystander

    Employers might actually be helping themselves by giving employees support regarding parental leave. An employee supported by their employer in such a way might well be a more dependable employee than one treated like so much dirt…

  • Innocent Bystander 7th Jun '18 - 1:08pm

    That was Harriet Harman’s view “Look we’ve given employees loads of new rights so they are happy now and obviously employers will massively benefit.”
    The logic there would be if that employees didn’t have to come to work at all then their employers would achieve stellar success.

  • nvelope2003 10th Jun '18 - 5:57pm

    Nonconformistradical: This scheme will work well in large places where there is spare capacity but what will happen in a little firm where the only highly trained skilled employee goes off on leave and it is impossible to find a trained person who is willing to take the job for a temporary period. Please do not tell me that such businesses should not exist if they cannot cope as has sometimes been said on this site, as they are often vital and their disappearance would be damaging especially in the post Brexit world. Despite unemployment many employers find it almost impossible to find staff.

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