The employee-owned retailer, which encompasses John Lewis and Waitrose, will offer all of its 80,000-strong workforce six months’ paid parental leave, in a move welcomed by equality campaigners who argued the government’s current shared parental leave scheme is “failing”. It will become first major British retailer to offer six months’ parental leave to all its employees.
The failure of shared parental leave is a failure of government, of business and, unfortunately, of the majority of handwringing progressives. If the government wants a future-proof economy, if we want demonstrably better outcomes for our children, if we genuinely care about closing the gender pay gap, we have to overhaul parenting policy and parenting culture in this country, and we have to start now.