Tags: Pregnancy

Plans to boost protections for pregnant women and new parents returning to work

They come into play after it was estimated that 54,000 women a year may lose their jobs due to pregnancy or maternity.

Emilie Bennetts: Pregnancy and maternity issues in the workplace

We live in an age where the benefits of increasing representation of women at all levels and across all industries are so uncontroversial as to be regarded self-evident. Concerted efforts to eliminate the “glass ceiling” have seen some success – in October 2013, 19% of FTSE 100 directors were women, up from 17.4% in May…

Just how much pregnancy & maternity discrimination is there in the workplace?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will be undertaking a new comprehensive research project into the scale of pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some pregnant women experience discrimination while on maternity leave or on their return to work. However, there is no up to date evidence as the most…

Catharine Geddes: Maternity leave – keeping in touch or cut off?

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has recently told the BBC of her “fight” with Whitehall officials when she took her second bout of maternity leave back in 2004. In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, she commented staff had been “very unsupportive” and had to fight to keep in touch with developments. Ms…

Top tips for announcing pregnancy at work

A report from Visions of Britain 2020 on ‘Working Women’ has illustrated that many obstacles women feel are barriers to their progression and development in the workplace. These include pay and equality with men, and issues around motherhood and childcare costs. One of these obstacles needn’t be taking maternity leave argues Chris Parke, CEO of…