Redundancy ban to be considered for new mothers

__   Women and equalities committee report calls on government to strengthen protection from discrimination Pregnant women and new mothers could be entitled to additional protection from redundancy if new government proposals go ahead. A redundancy ban, whereby firms would be unable to make women redundant during pregnancy, maternity leave or for six months after… Continue reading

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Only 5 per cent of new fathers opt for shared parental leave

___   Four-fifths of employers have received no SPL requests, according to new CIPD data Just 5 per cent of new fathers and 8 per cent of new mothers have taken up shared parental leave (SPL) since it was introduced in April 2015, according to new data from the CIPD. Only one-fifth (21 per cent)… Continue reading

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Call for German-style employment rights to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination

___   Dismissal would be allowed only in exceptional cases The UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee recently highlighted a “shocking” increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination, with the number of expectant and new mothers forced to leave their jobs almost doubling since 2005. Although such discrimination is already unlawful, the select committee has called for  German-style… Continue reading

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