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Fawcett sets out government steps for equality

Fawcett has reported that 43% of working women and 50% working BAME women are worried about their job or promotions when it comes to gender equality.

The report from the charity, which was published on Equal Pay Day 2020, highlighted the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on equality in the workplace.

The report set out the four “biggest fears”, and the steps the government should take, such as modernising the equal pay legislation by introducing the Right to Know and reintroducing and strengthening gender pay gap reporting.

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Fawcett revealed that women experienced growing discrimination at work, including in redundancies.

The society has called on the government to legislate and “properly protect” pregnant women and new mothers from redundancy, whilst requiring employers to report sex ‘disaggregated redundancies data” to shine a light on discrimination.

The organisation also wants the government to create a “bailout fund” for the childcare sector to mitigate existing losses and cover deficits until demand recovers.

Additionally, the government must publish ‘Equality Impact Assessments’ for all job creation and support schemes, including the Kickstart Scheme, and “amend its policy” in line with those assessments to ensure it works for women.

Fawcett reported that although mothers have been taking on more unpaid care than fathers, during lockdown, fathers have reportedly doubled the time they spent on childcare. The charity has also called for a reform on parental leave to create a longer, better paid period of “reserved leave” for fathers and second carers.

The organisation said it wants a “reintroduction and extension” into gender pay gap reporting requirements to include ethnicity pay gap reporting and require employers to publish action plans setting out the steps they will take to advance equality in their workplaces.


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