Evening Standard 31 March 09
New mothers should get less time off work and new fathers more, says a report out today. The study, by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has suggested statutory maternity leave be cut from nine months of paid leave to six, with an optional four months “parental leave” for fathers. The group believes the changes would shift perceptions that only mothers looked after children as well as prevent women struggling in the workplace and being seen as less attractive employees.
Equality and Human Rights Commission chief executive Nicola Brewer said: “Changing the way we approach parental leave could be one way of tackling the gender pay gap.” The report wants fathers to be able to tag-on the extra paternity leave after the mother’s six months of maternity leave finishes.