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Two in five parents felt penalised at work when they asked for flexibility

Makbool Javaid

A TUC study of low paid working parents has revealed that 42% feel they are penalised if they ask for family-friendly working patterns, leading to them getting fewer hours, worse shifts and in some cases losing their jobs. The study of more than 1,000 parents also revealed that 58% of mums and dads working in low-paid sectors, like retail, hospitality and social care, said they didn’t know what rights at work they were entitled to and 49% weren’t using one or more of their legal rights to time off. That meant that 29% had resorted to taking annual leave to cover their child being sick in the last year.

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