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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Business: Billing more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making the Prompt Payment Code compulsory for large businesses. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen North more like this
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Kirsty Blackman more like this
star this property uin 268619 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
unstar this property answer text <p>In the recent Government Response to the Creating a Responsible Payment Culture Call for Evidence we announced that responsibility for the voluntary Prompt Payment Code (the ‘Code’) is to move to the Small Business Commissioner and that the Code will be reformed, following engagement with existing Code signatories.</p><p> </p><p>Turning a voluntary code into a compulsory code would be further legislation respect of payment terms. UK legislation already establishes maximum 30-day payment terms for transactions with public authorities and 60-day payment terms between businesses, unless they agree longer terms and those terms are not grossly unfair to the supplier.</p><p> </p><p>Government has worked closely with trade bodies and businesses to develop this. Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said of the recent announcement: “Small businesses will be delighted with today’s announcement” and “the measures today could finally see an end to poor payment practice. Changing our business culture will boost the small business community, productivity and growth.”</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-07-02T14:10:31.767Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T14:10:31.767Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kirsty Blackman more like this
1134256
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Business: Billing more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing the maximum payment terms of the Prompt Payment Code from 60 days to 30 days. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen North more like this
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Kirsty Blackman more like this
star this property uin 268620 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
unstar this property answer text <p>The Prompt Payment Code (‘the Code’) encourages businesses to aim for 30-day payment terms as the norm, with 60 days as the maximum. Signatories commit to paying 95% of invoices within 60 days, unless there are exceptional circumstances.</p><p> </p><p>In the recent Government Response to the Creating a Responsible Payment Culture Call for Evidence we announced that responsibility for the Code is to move to the Small Business Commissioner and that the Code will be reformed, following engagement with existing Code signatories. We are also keen to increase the number of businesses signed up to the Code.</p><p> </p><p>UK legislation already establishes maximum 30-day payment terms for transactions with public authorities and 60-day payment terms between businesses, unless they agree longer terms and those terms are not grossly unfair to the supplier.</p><p> </p><p>Government has worked closely with trade bodies and businesses to develop this. Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said of the recent announcement: “Small businesses will be delighted with today’s announcement” and “the measures today could finally see an end to poor payment practice. Changing our business culture will boost the small business community, productivity and growth.”</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-07-02T14:10:37.61Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T14:10:37.61Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kirsty Blackman more like this
1134257
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Small Businesses: Billing more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how he plans to define late payments that the Small Business Commissioner will enforce. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen North more like this
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Kirsty Blackman more like this
star this property uin 268621 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
unstar this property answer text <p>Within the Small Business Commissioner’s (the Commissioner) remit to tackle late payment and help drive culture change in private sector payment practices, the Commissioner addresses small business complaints about their larger customers. The Commissioner will make non-binding recommendations as to how the issues could be resolved, remedied and mitigated.</p><p> </p><p>Further detail of the Commissioner’s complaints handling scheme is set out in the Small Business Commissioner (Scope &amp; Scheme) Regulations 2017.</p><p> </p><p>I announced in the recent Government Response to the Call for Evidence on Creating a Responsible Payment Culture that we will consult on strengthening the Commissioner’s ability to assist and advocate for small businesses in the area of late payments.</p><p> </p><p>Government has worked closely with trade bodies and businesses to develop this. Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said of the recent announcement: “Small businesses will be delighted with today’s announcement” and “the measures today could finally see an end to poor payment practice. Changing our business culture will boost the small business community, productivity and growth.”</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-07-02T14:10:44.023Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T14:10:44.023Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kirsty Blackman more like this
1134258
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Business: Billing more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what evidence base the Government used in reaching the decision to provide a £1 million business fund for the use of technology to help reduce late payments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen North more like this
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Kirsty Blackman more like this
star this property uin 268622 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
unstar this property answer text <p>A £9 million Business Basics Programme was announced in the Industrial Strategy, to test innovative ways of encouraging SMEs to take up the proven technology and business practices that can boost productivity. I announced in the recent Government Response to the Call for Evidence on Creating a Responsible Payment Culture that, as part of that Programme, we will launch a Business Basics fund competition up to £1 million. This will provide funding to trial how to get businesses to take up proven technology and business practices, including a focus on payment technology.</p><p> </p><p>Government has worked closely with trade bodies and businesses to develop this. Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said of the recent announcement: “Small businesses will be delighted with today’s announcement” and “the measures today could finally see an end to poor payment practice. Changing our business culture will boost the small business community, productivity and growth.”</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-07-02T14:10:49.833Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T14:10:49.833Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kirsty Blackman more like this
1134259
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Business: Billing more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the £1 million technology fund for businesses on the issue of late payments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen North more like this
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Kirsty Blackman more like this
star this property uin 268623 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
unstar this property answer text <p>Technology adoption can boost productivity in the UK. The £9 million Business Basics Programme was announced in the Industrial Strategy, to test innovative ways of encouraging SMEs to take up the proven technology and business practices that can boost productivity.</p><p> </p><p>Government believes there is also a role for the Commissioner to run a campaign to promote technological solutions to SMEs to reduce late payment, improve cash flow and encourage better credit management. This fits with the Commissioner’s role in offering advice and guidance on payment matters to SMEs.</p><p> </p><p>It is envisaged that this combined approach will improve awareness of the use of technology and begin to make inroads to improve administrative processes that underpin business operations such as streamlining invoicing, payment and credit management, ultimately making payment practices more efficient and businesses more productive.</p><p> </p><p>Government has worked closely with trade bodies and businesses to develop this. Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said of the recent announcement: “Small businesses will be delighted with today’s announcement” and “the measures today could finally see an end to poor payment practice. Changing our business culture will boost the small business community, productivity and growth.”</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-07-02T14:10:55.437Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T14:10:55.437Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kirsty Blackman more like this
1134260
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Business: Billing more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page seven of the Government's response to the paper entitled, Creating a responsible payment culture: a call for evidence on tackling late payment, what the evidential basis is for the statement there was no real consensus, either with regard to the extent of the issue itself or what the best solution to the problem is. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberdeen North more like this
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Kirsty Blackman more like this
star this property uin 268624 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
unstar this property answer text <p>We received 283 responses and respondents expressed a wide range of views in relation to payment practices and experiences. From the wide-ranging evidence provided it is clear there is no ‘magic bullet’ solution. That is why are taking action with a broad package of policy measures to tackle late payments and continue to change culture.</p><p> </p><p>Government has worked closely with trade bodies and businesses to develop this. Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said of the recent announcement: “Small businesses will be delighted with today’s announcement” and “the measures today could finally see an end to poor payment practice. Changing our business culture will boost the small business community, productivity and growth.”</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-07-02T14:11:01.427Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T14:11:01.427Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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4357
unstar this property label Biography information for Kirsty Blackman more like this
1135320
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star this property date less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Derelict Land: Regeneration more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support is available from the UK Government for devolved regions to regenerate former industrial sites. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Angus more like this
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Kirstene Hair more like this
star this property uin 270436 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government has devolved over £9 billion to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) in England between 2015 and 2021. LEPs are investing that money according to their individual priorities.</p><p>BEIS has supported businesses through the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme providing funding. For example BEIS allocated £500,000 to Kite Power Solutions in Glasgow to develop a high altitude wind power generating system that uses kites to capture wind energy, and up to £750,000 to redT Energy for their flow battery technology cost reduction programme in Livingston.</p><p>Through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), the Government has allocated £1.7bn to ISCF challenges over two waves of investment. Funding from the ISCF has supported technologies and future industries which benefit a number of devolved regions. For example £36 million was given to the ABC in Swansea to support the construction sector and £13 million was given to Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Scotland for the pharma industry</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-07-10T16:44:45.617Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-10T16:44:45.617Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kirstene Hair more like this
1134221
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Pregnancy: Redundancy more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has any plans to increase legal protections from redundancy for pregnant employees, and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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Dan Jarvis more like this
star this property uin 268600 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
unstar this property answer text <p>We published a consultation document containing proposals to extend existing protections against redundancy for pregnant women and new parents. The consultation closed on 5th April 2019.</p><p>We plan to publish the Government Response in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
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less than 2019-06-27T14:29:27.973Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T14:29:27.973Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
1134810
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star this property date less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Employment: Pregnancy more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that employers meet their legal obligations to pregnant employees. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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Dan Jarvis more like this
star this property uin 269738 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government has taken a number of steps to increase employers’ awareness of their legal obligations to pregnant employees. This has included working with ACAS to develop comprehensive advice and guidance and updating the content on the GOV.UK website. The Government’s recent consultation on pregnancy and maternity discrimination also asked how effective the current approach is in helping employees and employers to understand their rights and obligations. We will be publishing the Government response in due course.</p><p>The Equality Advisory and Support Service advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales. Where an employer fails to meet its obligations, a pregnant employee can seek redress through an employment tribunal.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 269739 more like this
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less than 2019-07-02T14:09:42.793Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T14:09:42.793Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
1134811
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star this property date less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Employment: Pregnancy more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what action will be taken against employers who do not meet their legal obligations to pregnant employees. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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Dan Jarvis more like this
star this property uin 269739 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government has taken a number of steps to increase employers’ awareness of their legal obligations to pregnant employees. This has included working with ACAS to develop comprehensive advice and guidance and updating the content on the GOV.UK website. The Government’s recent consultation on pregnancy and maternity discrimination also asked how effective the current approach is in helping employees and employers to understand their rights and obligations. We will be publishing the Government response in due course.</p><p>The Equality Advisory and Support Service advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales. Where an employer fails to meet its obligations, a pregnant employee can seek redress through an employment tribunal.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 269738 more like this
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less than 2019-07-02T14:09:42.843Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T14:09:42.843Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this