Family-friendly rights ‘threat' to women is a myth peddled by backward-looking employers, says TUC

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date: Monday 14 July 2008

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Responding to comments made today (Monday) by the Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Nicola Brewer on new rights to transferrable maternity leave and extending the right to request flexible working to the parents of older children, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'The idea that extending family-friendly rights would somehow hurt women's job prospects is a myth commonly peddled by employers who don't want to employ women of child-bearing age or give male staff time off to spend with their children.

'Proposals to increase flexible working rights to the parents of older children and allow up to six months of maternity leave to be transferred to fathers will help combat these entrenched views about family-friendly rights and will benefit all parents. Increasing paid parental leave will also mean more fathers are able to afford time off.

'But the best way to end any misinterpretation of these rights would be to extend flexible working rights to everyone.'

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