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JobWatch was featured in Women’s Agenda on 11 February 2021, commenting on parental rights at work, specifically in the categories of parental leave, discrimination, and the right to request flexible work arrangements.
February 12, 2021
With a lockdown baby boom expected early this year, thousands of new parents across the country are preparing to take parental leave for the first time. However even while they are holding their new bundles of joy, some will be worrying about their rights at work, their ongoing income, and whether they’ll have a job to go back to.
“Last year we had almost 500 calls to our Telephone Information Service from parents raising issues around discrimination at work due to their parental status and family responsibilities, discrimination due to breastfeeding or pregnancy, or issues with their parental leave entitlements,” says employment law expert Zana Bytheway, Executive Director of JobWatch.
It’s critical that parents know their rights at work. Broadly speaking, JobWatch categorises breaches of parental rights at work into the categories of parental leave, discrimination, and the right to request flexible work arrangements.