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News & EventsNEWS: Parental leave: fathers to get months of paid leave in paternity rights shakeup
Radical reforms to maternity leave legislation, which would allow fathers to take more paid time off, will be proposed today by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.
Concerned that the extension of maternity leave from six to nine and soon to 12 months has "entrenched the assumption that women do the caring and pay the career penalty", the EHRC will set out a series of measures to redress the gender imbalance by encouraging fathers to become more involved in caring for their children.
"New parental rights introduced over the past decade are well intentioned but entrench the current unequal division of labour and caring between the sexes and work against gender equality," the EHRC's Working Better report says.
Research conducted by the commission suggests that families no longer have firm preconceptions about men as breadwinners and women as carers, but notes that legislation is lagging behind this shift.
More at The Guardian: www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009
NEWS - Why flexibility could be a winner in the downturn - There’s no doubt that the recession is hitting some sections of the labour market harder than others. Official statistics show people over the age of 50 have so far been disproportionately targeted for redundancies while at the other end of the scale the graduate labour market is also being tightly squeezed.
But when it comes to the discrepancy between the sexes, the matter is more complex – particularly given the rising number of women in the workforce compared with previous downturns and the government’s focus on family-friendly legislation.
Read the full article at People management: www.peoplemanagement.co.uk
EVENT - On Sunday 8th March, for International Women’s Day, the London Studios will host ‘Celebrity Funny Women’. This is a new version of the popular stand up comedy event and will feature a host of female celebrities facing the challenge of becoming a Funny Woman, coached by some of the UK’s favourite female comedians.
Hosted by TV’s Claire Sweeney, well known names such as sports presenter Gabby Logan, PR guru Lynne Franks and Blue Peter legend Janet Ellis will be trained up and perform alongside comics including impressionist Jan Ravens, previous Funny Women winner and TV comedian Andi Osho and US comic TanyaLee Davis.
The event is in support of international development charity ActionAid and its ‘Put Your Foot Down’ campaign, highlighting the link between violence against women in the developing world and the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Date and time: Sunday 8 March, 7pm (doors and bar open at 6pm)
Venue: The London Studios, Upper Ground, SE1 9LT
Tickets: £30 +booking fee / VIP tickets £60+ booking fee (including access to reception with drinks/canapés) )
Box office: 0844 847 2375 / ticketmaster.co.uk )
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