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A fairer way to fund parental/maternity/paternity leave

Submitted on Wednesday 17th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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A fairer way to fund parental/maternity/paternity leave

Additional Information

Parental leave is in our nation’s interest. Employees should not have to choose between their career and having a family. Parental leave means more children are born into families where having a job is the norm, plus parents can continue to contribute to our economy through income tax upon returning to work. This is to the benefit of society as a whole, but is currently shouldered disproportionately.

The proposal is that all employers pay into a central pot (an amount per employee) so that the burden of parental leave is shared by all employers.

This would help prevent prejudice against recruiting women of child bearing age, who despite legislation, are still less likely to be employed for fear of maternity leave costs. It would also protect small businesses, for which a number of months of paying a salary for an absent employee can cause significant financial hardship or even collapse. Removing barriers to small businesses can only help the economic recovery.

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The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

There's already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

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