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Ten companies comply

Swinson forces firms to declare parental policy

Jo SwinsonTen major employers have agreed to publish their parental leave and pay policies following pressure from new mother Jo Swinson, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The move comes in response to Ms Swinson’s campaign for greater transparency on parental leave and pay.

Ms Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, praised these employers for “setting an excellent example, demonstrating to others they can do it too.”

The companies, representing around 150,000 employees are: Accenture (11,000+ employees), Addleshaw Goddard (1667), Deloitte, RBS (53,000), Direct Line Group (10,000), EY (15,000), KPMG (14,500), Linklaters (2,199), Santander (24,000) and PwC (18,000).

Former Business Minister Ms Swinson said: “Greater transparency will create a more supportive culture for new parents.

“If we are serious about tackling discrimination against new parents and pregnant women in our workplaces, we need more employers to get on board.

“Liberal Democrats demand better. Government Ministers should back my Bill to require all large organisations to publish their policies.”

Ms Swinson, who recently became the first MP to take her baby into the Commons during a debate, secured agreement last month from the UK Government to publish parental leave details for all government departments.

Ms Swinson is now pursuing a Private Member’s Bill, tabled on 6 June to require organisations with more than 250 employees to publish details of their parental leave and pay policy.

Deloitte added its name to this list after the article was first published this morning.


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