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What happens to benefits during maternity leave?

28th March 2011

Most employers understand that when women are on maternity leave, they will receive maternity pay, so long as they qualify for it. I don’t intend to talk about maternity pay but I do want to touch on some of the more difficult questions about those benefits that the employee pays for, such as pension, childcare […]

Why aren’t there more women in the boardroom?

2nd March 2011

Last week, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published Lord Mervyn Davies’ report on the lack of women on the boards of FTSE companies. It makes for interesting reading. According to research studies quoted in the report, EU companies showing most growth have a higher proportion of women on their senior management teams, yet […]

MEP’s plan to extend paid maternity leave to 20 weeks blocked in current form by Euro ministers

10th December 2010

On 6th December 2010, EU plans to increase paid maternity leave to 20 weeks were labelled unworkable by EU Ministers who confirmed they could not adopt this increase at a time when countries were imposing economic constraints. In the UK, women on maternity leave are entitled to 39 weeks paid maternity leave (with the remaining […]