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Company debt advice customers 'may avoid employing women'

Date Added: 08/12/2010  

The Pregnancy Workers Directive could persuade organisations including those taking company debt advice to attempt to avoid giving jobs to women who may have children.

This is according to Emyr Williams, director of Bytestart.co.uk, who stated that the UK is right to lobby against the plans to implement a move to 20 weeks of maternity leave at full pay, which has been proposed by the European parliament.

"Estimates are that extending maternity leave on full pay to 20 weeks would cost the economy over £2 billion and would hit small firms particularly hard," he said.

Mr Williams added that firms such as those taking company debt advice would find it hard to find the money to pay the wages of absent staff and would as a result consider not employing women who may become pregnant.

Trades Union Congress general secretary Brendan Barber is among those to have spoken out in support of the Pregnant Workers Directive in recent weeks.

Posted by Michael Beam 

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