Working Families has launched a campaign against Government plans under which maternity leave could be reduced to 18 weeks.
Current law allows most women to return to work after two weeks, but the presumption is that women will take 52 weeks’ leave unless they tell employers they want to come back sooner, says the organisation. Under potential Government plans, it states, the presumption will be 18 weeks of maternity leave after which women will have to ask for more leave and negotiate with their employer about how it may be taken.
Working Families is campaigning for a minimum standard of 26 weeks (six months) of maternity leave for all women.
They want to know if six months matters/ed to mums, both current and future. They are asking mums who feel six months matters to write about why on their FACEBOOK page here.