New government plans unveiled by MP Harriet Harman are set to revolutionise life in the workplace for working mums. Under the new plans working mums will be entitled to paid time off to care for sick children. In addition mums can request shift patterns which slot in with school opening and closing hours and will also have a legal right to work part-time hours to fit in with family life. Under the present system, employees can ask to work part-time hours but employers do not have to agree to this but under the new plans, if employers do not agree, they will have to prove that the job can only be done by someone prepared to work full-time hours.
Good news for Britain’s working mums. For too long the women workforce in this country has been undervalued and underpaid. Finally the government has acknowledged they have an important role to play in building up the country and the economy. Women shouldn’t be forced to choose between career and raising a family. They should be able to do both. Hopefully the new government plans should go a long way to making this possible. They are certainly a step in the right direction.