Proposed Laws in the UK Ask for Greater Protections for New and Expecting Working Mothers

After several instances of concern were raised for new and expecting mothers in the United Kingdom, the Commons Women and Equalities Committee decided to step in.

And between the increased discrimination surrounding maternity leave and a large gender wage gap of 18 percent, which only increases after giving birth, it's about time.

"The government must make changes in laws and protections to ensure a safe working environment for new and expectant mothers," the Women and Equalities Committee told Fortune. This will "prevent discriminatory redundancies and increase protection for casual, agency and zero-hours workers."

Among their requests? Incentives to ensure enforcement of proper employer practice, lower tribunal fees, and extended workplace rights.

Here's hoping Parliament will make this happen.

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