Mothers: Employment

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent discussions she has had with representatives of managers on the contribution of women returning to the workplace after pregnancy.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

During the consultation on the administration of shared parental leave I have had a number of discussions with employers, employer groups and unions on the impact of the shared parental leave changes on parents returning to the workplace following leave.

Many employers recognise the benefits of providing support for returning parents to enable them to retain valuable members of staff in the workplace.

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