29 July 2015 #Employment
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched the #worksforme campaign, which aims to support employees and employers with pregnancy and maternity issues in the workplace.
The new campaign has been launched following a report published last week by the EHRC, exposing the worrying levels of maternity discrimination still faced by women in Britain today.
The report said:
“New research suggests that around 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs in Britain each year... The research, carried out in partnership with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, also found around 1 in 5 new mothers experienced harassment or negative comments from their colleagues, employer or manager when pregnant or returning from maternity leave.”
The report also suggested that a substantial percentage of employees are unsure of their rights in the workplace, and that employers are equally unsure of their responsibilities to employees, in relation to maternity. The EHRC has therefore published guidelines to provide support to both employers and employees on issues surrounding maternity. Head of the Equality and Employment Rights Department at the TUC said:
“we’ll also be launching an online toolkit of guidance and good practice for employers that anyone can use. It walks employers through the whole journey from finding out one of your employees is expecting, through to managing her successful return to work and beyond”.
The EHRC intends to follow this up with a new report in the autumn.