Career Focus

Briefing

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7098.3 (Published 28 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3-7098

Women have a right to return to work after maternity leave on the same terms as before, but this is an obvious juncture at which to consider part time working or job sharing. A recent article in the employment law journal IDS Brief (1997;590:7 −11) discusses this situation. In essence, while the woman may be be able to make a case that she has suffered indirect discrimination if her request to vary her conditions is refused, particularly if she can show that the employer did not handle it in a reasonable manner, there is no automatic right.

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