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Title: Examining the adequacy of workplace parental rights in Great Britain
Author: Sammon, Anne Mary
ISNI:       0000 0004 6349 4706
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis examines the adequacy of the current regime of parental rights in the workplace in Great Britain. This is done by first considering the rationale for protecting the status of parents and why it is important to enable parents to combine both family and work responsibilities and considers feminist theory in relation to this subject. Having done so, the thesis moves on to consider the existing legislative framework that is supposed to achieve work-life balance focussing on the following legislative provisions: • Maternity and paternity leave • Parental leave • Emergency Dependant’s leave • Right to request flexible working • Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations • Working Time Regulations • Sex discrimination The thesis then considers the way in which “family-friendly” rights are enforced through the Employment Tribunal system, including some of the hurdles faced by potential claimants, such as tribunal fees. Finally, the thesis looks to the future, considering whether the Shared Parental Leave provisions, which apply for children expected on or after 5 April 2015 will address the problems identified earlier in the thesis with the current legislative regime and suggests a new, more holistic approach to the need to combine work and family, based on the duty to make reasonable adjustments, which currently exists only in respect of disability.
Supervisor: Mccolgan, Aileen ; Ewing, Keith David Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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