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Swinson uncovers only four UK Govt Departments publish parental leave and pay entitlements

August 8, 2018 6:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson has written to the Prime Minister and demanded that she instruct all Government departments to publish detailed information about their parental leave and pay entitlements.

The calls follows analysis by the Liberal Democrats of 25 ministerial departments which uncovered that only four had published paternity, maternity, shared parental and adoption leave arrangements on their websites.

Jo Swinson is currently pursuing a Private Member's Bill which, if successful, would require employers with more than 250 employees to publish information about parental leave and pay entitlements.

The Liberal Democrat former Business Minister, Jo Swinson, said:

"Discrimination against pregnant women and new mothers is still rife in the workplace.

"If Theresa May wants to tackle society's burning injustices, as she claimed on the steps of 10 Downing Street, then I fully expect her to support my Bill.

"I am deeply disappointed that until recently just two Government departments published their parental leave and pay entitlements.

"The Civil Service should set the gold standard for employers across the UK, but on this issue it is failing.

"The Prime Minister must instruct all departments to put this information in the public domain at once."