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To: Greg Clark MP - Secretary of State for Business
All working mums and dads should get the same parents’ rights from day one
All workers, including zero-hours contracts workers, agency workers and those in casual work, should benefit from the same decent floor of rights currently enjoyed by employees.
Why is this important?
Mums and dads in insecure work (agency work, zero hours contracts etc.) are not entitled to the full range of employment rights that help working parents, such as the right to time off for dependants, the right to unpaid parental leave and the right to request flexible work.
In the UK, the range of different rights to which individuals are entitled varies substantially depending on whether they qualify as an “employee”, a “worker” or as “self-employed”. This means an agency worker mum who works alongside a mum on a permanent “employee” contract might not be entitled to the same rights, even though they are both parents!
Many of these rights also require an individual to be have been working for their employer for a six month or year period before they can qualify to use the right. Mums and dads in insecure employment are more likely to change jobs regularly, creating another hurdle for them to overcome before they can quality to use their employment rights.
Almost half of young mums and dads are struggling to juggle work and childcare. Young dads also face particular challenges as they want more time to spend with their families, but too many workplaces are stuck in the past.
Over the last few decades, we’ve seen improvements in the employment rights of working parents. But there’s still a long way to go. A good starting point is that all mums and dads, including zero-hours contracts workers, agency workers and those in casual work, should benefit from the same decent floor of rights currently enjoyed by employees.
Too many workplaces still expect parents to forget about their kids as soon as they walk in the door. But working together, we can change that.