Maternity Action has released information sheets in Polish
on rights at work for mothers, fathers and partners, and the new right to breastfeed in public places.
Action has released a briefing paper
on the low level of awareness about the right to Maternity Allowance amongst migrant women. We have written to Government
asking for action.
Maternity Action welcomes the introduction of Additional Paternity Leave but asks why there
is no effective legal protection for mothers who continue breastfeeding when they return to work. See our media release
See our new information sheet on entitlement to maternity care
for women from abroad.
Maternity Action supports the Women's Asylum Charter
and its new campaign, 'Every Single Woman'. The campaign challenges destitution policies for
pregnant refused asylum seekers and other problems with the asylum process.
See the toolkit for small businesses
on managing pregnant women and new parents, now available on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website. Prepared
by Maternity Action, the toolkit provides checklists, model policies and detailed advice for employers
new information sheet on 'Continuing breastfeeding on your return to work'
In 2005, the Government gave a commitment to extend maternity and adoption pay to 52 weeks by April 2010.
In September 2009, they decided not to proceed with this. Maternity Action and NCT wrote to the Prime Minister
to express our concern.
Each year 30 000 women lose their jobs as a result of unlawful pregnancy discrimination
and the recession is making things worse. We have joined with other organisations to launch a campaign to prevent pregnancy discrimination at work
during the recession. Sign up!
We campaigned for an amendment to the Equality Bill to maintain the current
level of protection against pregnancy discrimination. We are delighted that the Government has amended the legislation. See
The Government has given commitments to extend statutory maternity pay from 39 to 52 weeks and
to introduce transferable maternity leave, to commence in April 2010. There are reports that the Government is
backtracking on this. Maternity Action will be running a campaign to get Government to honour its commitment.