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Family Leave for the Self Employed

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06 November 2017
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University
Oxford Road
M15 6BH


A discussion of proposals for new maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave rights for the self-employed

The self-employed have no rights at all regarding paternity, shared parental and adoption leave and pay. We invited policy makers and third sector stakeholders to join researchers and Working Families to discuss evidence-led policy proposals regarding the rights of the self-employed during pregnancy and maternity and in relation to paternity, shared parental and adoption leave.

At this round table event, we shared research evidence and policy critique and gathered your invaluable feedback on some policy proposals. Our aim is to develop a multi-stakeholder policy proposal.

Professor Julia Rouse has scrutinised the rights of self-employed workers in pregnancy and maternity and conducted a longitudinal study to explore their experiences, supported by the Leverhulme Trust. She presented a critique of maternity policy and table policy proposals for discussion. Professor Rouse was joined by Dr Emma Bannister, who has conducted an in-depth study of shared parental leave to propose policy change, and Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed.

Participation was open to policy makers and influential stakeholders. We also welcomed representation by the self-employed.