MC Reports: The Battle for Maternity Rights Overseas

Like in the United States, pregnant women in the United Kingdom struggle for their maternity rights.

As we've recently discussed here at MC (opens in new tab), maternity rights are lacking for certain groups in the U.S. — and we're not the only ones. Across the pond, women in the U.K. have many worries about their maternity rights. The problems start early on: Almost half of women in the U.K. are concerned about telling their boss that they're pregnant. This concern doesn't come without good reason: Of the 87 percent that accepted a job knowing they were pregnant, 46 percent had employment terminated after revealing their pregnancy, an action that must take place before their 25th week. However, improvements are on their way. Starting in 2015, both parents will be able to take advantage of Shared Parental Leave (SPL). Under SPL, both parents will have a year's leave to split between them, and both will be able to be off work at the same (unlike they are today). For more information and to download free campaign information, head to qualitysolicitors.com (opens in new tab).

And for more information on maternity rights stateside, visit womenshealth.gov (opens in new tab).

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Photo: Courtesy of Quality Solicitors

Diana Pearl
Diana Pearl

I'm an Associate Editor at the Business of Fashion, where I edit and write stories about the fashion and beauty industries. Previously, I was the brand editor at Adweek, where I was the lead editor for Adweek's brand and retail coverage. Before my switch to business journalism, I was a writer/reporter at PEOPLE.com, where I wrote news posts, galleries and articles for PEOPLE magazine's website. My work has been published on TheAtlantic.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, PEOPLE.com, GoodHousekeeping.com and in Every Day with Rachael Ray. It has been syndicated by Cosmopolitan.com, TIME.com, TravelandLeisure.com and GoodHousekeeping.com, among other publications. Previously, I've worked at VOGUE.com, ELLE.com, and MarieClaire.com.