Transfer maternity and paternity leave to grandparents

The Institute for Public Policy Research’s report “The sandwich generation: Older women balancing work and care” recommends an additional change to the government’s newest parental leave policies.¬† New parents should be allowed to transfer some of their leave to their own parents, the new child’s grandparents.

Dalia Ben-Galim, IPPR associate director, said this “would help more women in their fifties to stay in work [because] women over 50 find it very difficult to get back into work [after a career break] and are too often forced into early retirement‚ÄĚ if/when they take time away from a job to help with a new grandchild.

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