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Working better: meeting the changing needs of families, workers and employers in the 21st century, 30/03/09 [E/S/W]

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a report focusing on reforms to parental leave and the extension of flexible working.

Britainís current parental leave consists of nine months of paid maternity leave, six weeks at 90 per cent of salary and the rest at the statutory rate of £117.18 per week and two weeks paternity leave at the statutory
rate.

The Commission says this is the most unequal in Europe, damaging womenís careers and entrenching the notion that only they look after children. The Commission wants fathers and mothers to be entitled to four months of parental leave with at least eight weeks paid at 90 per cent of their salary and the rest at
the statutory rate. Research conducted by the EHRC suggests that families no longer have firm preconceptions of men as the main earner and women as carers.

For full details see Working better: meeting the changing needs of families, workers and employers in the 21st century which is available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.

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Working better: meeting the changing needs of families, workers and employers in the 21st century