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Graduate employees set to benefit from greater work-life balance

Published: Monday, 29 November 2010   Category: Employer News

Female professionals wary of balancing graduate jobs with the demands of motherhood are set to be the biggest benefactors from new government plans aimed at making UK workplaces more child-friendly.

Just a few weeks ago, the European Parliament gave its stamp of approval to the Pregnant Workers Directive, with this set to make paid breastfeeding breaks for new mothers mandatory in workplaces across the European Union.

On the back of this, the British government has now released a new white paper aimed at pre-empting the EU legislation by calling on employers to introduce breastfeeding-friendly policies such as the provision of private feeding areas and special paid-for breaks.

Outlining the plans, the secretary of state for health, Andrew Lansley, said that such a move could help encourage mothers to breastfeed for longer, thereby giving their children the "best start in life".

"That's why we're working with businesses to introduce family-friendly breastfeeding policies and supporting mothers at this important time," he said.

However, the proposals have already provoked criticism from the business community, with some employers warning that recruiters could pass over a mother-to-be when looking to fill graduate jobs or other positions.

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