Employment

Women have typically borne the burden of childcare within the child’s first year, often resulting in temporary or permanent disruption to their careers.  To minimise this female-gendered burden, the UK’s Parental Leave policy, previously reserved for mothers only, has now been formally amended to include fathers. The new Shared Parental Leave and Pay policy, which went into effect in April, enables both parents to participate on equal terms.

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A new report issued this week by Dr Ros Altmann on behalf of the British government seeks to address the problems faced by older workers. The report, entitled A new vision for older workers: retain, retrain, recruit, outlines the economic and business case for better supporting older workers, and describes many ways to do that. 

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