OK, so we all know that maternity leave….that career gap to bear and raise a child,…is a major determinant of the gender pay gap.
Concluding that it was time that "policy-making enabled men to play an equal part in parenting", the EHRC proposes that the first 26 weeks of a baby\’s life would remain dedicated maternity leave for mothers, but with higher rates of pay, so that they would receive 90% of pay for the entirety of their maternity leave. Fathers would still get two weeks of paternity leave at the birth of their child, but this would also go up to 90% of their pay.
Beyond the first six months of maternity leave, the commission proposes three blocks of "parental leave", which could be taken any time before the child\’s fifth birthday, each of about four months, one block dedicated to mothers, one to fathers and one either could take.
The first eight weeks of each of these blocks of leave would be paid at 90%.
Excellent! So we\’ll raise maternity pay, thus increasing the gender pay gap. And we\’ll raise the cost of employing fathers as well. So that we now have a parent pay gap!