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True lies about maternity rights

By Catherine Hakim  

Family-friendly employment schemes lead employers to avoid hiring and promoting women in the private sector

Writing on the Left Foot Forward website, Kate Bell, head of policy at Gingerbread, complains that I got my facts wrong on maternity rights. As a pressure group campaigner, it is understandable that she argues the case for longer maternity leave for women. She proceeds by quoting a selection of statistics on women’s employment, and asserts that these prove that maternity leave…

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