Parental Leave and Pay Arrangements

07 June 2018

A Private Members' Bill has been presented to Parliament which would require employers with more than 250 employees to publish information about parental leave, and pay in the course of such leave.

Jo Swinson MP, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats and sponsor of the bill, told People Management:

“A headline figure of 54,000 women in Britain are forced out of their jobs every year as a result of pregnancy discrimination, and when I was introducing shared parental leave as a minister I was really struck by research in which one of the barriers men cited over how comfortable they were about taking shared parental leave was a concern about how it would impact on their career.

Ultimately, this is not good for the economy – just because someone is a parent it doesn’t mean that they lose value, so it’s a very inefficient use of talent because people are forced out or feel they have to leave their jobs.”

The Second reading of the Bill is scheduled to take place on Friday 15 June 2018.