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Miscarriage leave and employment policy

EDM (Early Day Motion) 865: tabled on 18 January 2022

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 41 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House believes that the Government should introduce a policy of paid miscarriage leave; is aware that the Government has so far been hesitant to introduce such a policy; notes that, in the UK, two weeks parental bereavement leave and pay is in place after stillbirth, however there is no such support for anyone who has experienced a miscarriage before 24 weeks of pregnancy; understands that miscarriage is an extremely traumatic experience and that more support should be provided to families that experience such a loss; considers unacceptable the Government’s position that Statutory Sick Pay or annual leave are adequate compromises for a specific miscarriage leave provision; recognises that the provision of paid miscarriage leave is in line with the need to develop a more proactive approach to workplace health and wellbeing as expressed in the Taylor review of modern working practices; assesses that this issue should be viewed under the Taylor review’s ambition of fair and decent treatment in the workplace, including health and wellbeing protections in employment law which serves the wider public interest; and calls on the Government to include paid miscarriage leave in its upcoming Employment Bill.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 19 January 2022
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 January 2022
East Dunbartonshire
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 20 January 2022
Belfast South
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 20 January 2022
Arfon
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 January 2022
Glasgow Central
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 January 2022
Dundee West
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 January 2022
Argyll and Bute
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 21 January 2022
Brighton, Pavilion
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2022
Glasgow North
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2022
East Renfrewshire
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 24 January 2022
York Central
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 January 2022
Ceredigion
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 January 2022
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 January 2022
West Dunbartonshire
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 January 2022
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 January 2022
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 January 2022
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 January 2022
Edinburgh North and Leith
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 January 2022
Glasgow North East
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 January 2022
Bath
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 January 2022
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 24 January 2022
Liverpool, Riverside
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 January 2022
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 January 2022
Glasgow North West
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 January 2022
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 25 January 2022
Birkenhead
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2022
Poplar and Limehouse
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 January 2022
Central Ayrshire
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 January 2022
Twickenham
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 January 2022
Glasgow South West
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2022
Hayes and Harlington
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2022
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Qaisar, Ms Anum
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2022
Airdrie and Shotts
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 March 2022
North East Fife
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 27 April 2022
Streatham

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.