The paradox and realities of maternity leave

Pregnant women 'lose their jobs' - Tens of thousands of women are forced out of their jobs each year for being pregnant, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has said. The result - women miss out on £12m in statutory maternity pay, while employers spend £126m replacing them, the EOC added. Also see a million mothers may face job victimisation, fired for being pregnant, and, equal opportunities for pregnant women: your views.

Dress code deters muslim medics - Hospitals should allow Muslim women to wear a "theatre hijaab" in surgical environments, doctors have heard.

Unions say Group 4 is unfair to workers - Group 4 Securicor, the world's second-biggest security company, faces protests today at its annual general meeting in London after accusations it has driven down wages and conditions in several countries where it operates, and denied workers basic rights.

Is your work a pain in the neck? - There are two extreme schools of thought on ergonomics. One says if you're sitting comfortably, you probably don't have a problem. The other says nonsense, you'll be doing all sorts of damage - and what you need is a custom- built ergonomic chair ...

Finland's paper strike set to end - Finland's six-week long paper industry strike looks like drawing to a close after the unions said an initial agreement had been reached.


Lennie Briscoe said...

I have worked in a small company (4 employees) when the bosses decided there was a business case to employ someone. A lady was recruited. She did not mention in interview that she was pregnant. 2 weeks after she was hired she told the boss that she was 6 months pregnant. A small business of that size can simply not afford to pay both her maternity leave and another replacement. They stated their case to her and asked her to re-nagotiate her contract also mentioning if she had been more up-front, then a fairer contract could have been worked out. I think the fear of being mistreated is partially causing the mistreatment!

Religious dress code. Either everyone can wear what they like, or noone can (a la France), and no inbetween..

James said...

Thanks for your comment Lennie. The ideas and views that are mentioned in the article are obviously not mine, but like other articles related to work I've put on my blog, they're quite provocative. The world of work is no black and white issue (no pun intended!) and many opinions on this subject (particularly of management) are actually ideological rather than practical. I think you are right in the sense that there is a fear of being open at work and this is dynamic that often leads to a viscous circle. Most people who blog about work are quite scared about what they do and few say anything untoward about their experiences. Work is typically a taboo issue unless you're singing the praises of who you work for.