Managers 'fear maternity leave'

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A THIRD of managers would rather employ a man in his 20s or 30s over a woman of the same age for fear of maternity leave, according to a new study.

A survey of 500 managers by law firm Slater & Gordon showed that more than 40 per cent admitted they are generally wary of hiring a woman of childbearing age, while a similar number would be wary of hiring a woman who has already had a child or hiring a mother for a senior role.

A quarter said they would rather hire a man to get around issues of maternity leave and childcare when a woman does return to work, with 44 per cent saying the financial costs to their business because of maternity leave are a major concern.

The study also saw a third of managers claiming that women are not as good at their jobs when they come back from maternity leave.

Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson said: "Pregnancy discrimination is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable. There is no excuse for such attitudes from these employers, who frankly are dinosaurs. British business simply can't afford to lose out on half of the available talent pool.

"In any event, the introduction of Shared Parental Leave from April will mean men as well as women taking leave to look after their new baby. This will help to stamp out outdated stereotypes about who should do what, and let parents get on with making their own decisions about how they manage work and family life."

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It is illegal to not give someone a job on the grounds that they may have children in the future.

"Employers that do this are not only breaking the law but being incredibly stupid as they are missing out on many of the country's brightest young workers."

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12:41pm Tue 12 Aug 14

RealLivin says...

"There is no excuse for such attitudes from these employers, who frankly are dinosaurs. British business simply can't afford to lose out on half of the available talent pool"
While I disagree with the so called gender pay gap, the salary for a job is job base not gender based, I feel the only dinosaur here is Minister Jo Swinson, would you pay out of your own pocket for these costs? I bet the answer is a categorical NO, the why should business's.
The talent pool is gone when they leave, in my firm over that last two years 6 women have gone on maternity leave, two didnt come back, two more left after returning to look after their children and of the two remaining one is off again on maternity. Business need to employ temp staff or get existing staff to cover, this is an extra cost to them and one they shouldnt have to bare, or the government as it tax payers paying for it again. Women have a fair right to work on a level field with men, unfortunately the field is not level as nature gets involved, theres no discrimination and business's or tax payers should not be forced to cover the costs, having children is your decision not your employers or the governments. If a women is good enough to do the job I am sure any decent employer will take into consideration any maternity issues as they will wont to keep her on.
"There is no excuse for such attitudes from these employers, who frankly are dinosaurs. British business simply can't afford to lose out on half of the available talent pool" While I disagree with the so called gender pay gap, the salary for a job is job base not gender based, I feel the only dinosaur here is Minister Jo Swinson, would you pay out of your own pocket for these costs? I bet the answer is a categorical NO, the why should business's. The talent pool is gone when they leave, in my firm over that last two years 6 women have gone on maternity leave, two didnt come back, two more left after returning to look after their children and of the two remaining one is off again on maternity. Business need to employ temp staff or get existing staff to cover, this is an extra cost to them and one they shouldnt have to bare, or the government as it tax payers paying for it again. Women have a fair right to work on a level field with men, unfortunately the field is not level as nature gets involved, theres no discrimination and business's or tax payers should not be forced to cover the costs, having children is your decision not your employers or the governments. If a women is good enough to do the job I am sure any decent employer will take into consideration any maternity issues as they will wont to keep her on. RealLivin
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