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Shared parental leave needed to close gender pay gap, legal report claims

The gender pay gap will not be closed without legislation to make shared parental leave compulsory, according to a report on the workforce of the future by legal firm Burness Paull. Written following a series of debates with major employers in London, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, the Future Chemistry report concludes that the UK Government will need to legislate because businesses are unlikely to act voluntarily to tackle the issue – and without new laws, the so-called "pregnancy penalty" will remain. That arises where women take time off to have children and by the time they return, their male contemporaries have progressed further in their careers
Category: Employment » Equal pay; Parental rights. Area(s) of law: Employment.
Source: Journal Online.

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