Government ensures commitment to supporting working mothers of premature babies

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The government has ensured their commitment to supporting working mothers of premature babies.

The government has drawn up guidance that will cover everything from how employers can offer flexible working arrangements following a premature birth to how to handle requests for additional time off.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will work with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), and invite the views of premature baby charities to develop guidelines for employers on how to support their staff.

While the government expects employers to be compassionate and flexible during this difficult time, the guidance will make it easier for both working parents and employers to access advice.

In the UK, eligible mothers can take up to 52 weeks maternity leave and up to 39 weeks of pay.

Business Minister, Margot James said, “While most employers treat their staff with compassion, it’s incredibly important that they know how best to support their staff at what can be a very difficult time for working parents.”

“New and expectant mothers must feel confident of their rights in the workplace and this new guidance will go some way to offering those assurances.”

Alison Simpson
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