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Swinson: Publish parental leave and pay policies to make workplaces fairer

June 6, 2018 2:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson will today call on large employers to publish information about their parental leave and pay policies. Speaking ahead of her Private Member's Bill which will be heard in the House of Commons this afternoon, the former Business Minister said:

"What I am proposing in Parliament today is a simple, light-touch regulatory change that would have significant benefits for both employers and employees.

"Greater transparency will incentivise employers to offer more generous parental pay benefits, it would also reduce the risk of discrimination at interview as candidates would no longer have to ask for information about parental leave and pay.

"Each year 54,000 women lose their jobs because of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, while fathers are worried that taking shared parental leave will negatively affect their careers.

"This is unacceptable. If we are serious about building fairer and more family-friendly workplaces, then employers must be transparent about how they support parents in the workplace through their parental leave and pay policies."