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Government to draw up new guidance to support working mothers of premature babies

Makbool Javaid

The BEIS has announced that it will work with ACAS to invite the views of premature baby charities to develop guidelines for employers on how to support their staff. The Government states that while it expects employers to be compassionate and flexible during this difficult time, the guidance will make it easier for both working parents and employers to access advice. The guidance will cover everything from how employers can offer flexible working arrangements following a premature birth to how to handle requests for additional time off. ACAS will publish the guidance on its website shortly. The Government will keep the impact of these measures under review but does not rule out legislating in the future.

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