At the moment, my esteemed and beloved wife, Mrs Jobsworth is recruiting. She works for a large corporate in a finance role. She needs to take on someone for a role to report in to her. We got talking about the guidelines her HR department has given her about what should not be asked of candidates.
Now, she knows (and wouldn’t) ask a woman if she had children or had plans in that direction. Neither would she ask a man the same question and with shared parental responsibility on the horizon many more men may want to avail themselves of the opportunity to be involved in the early months of their children’s lives meaning that the whole workforce may, at some stage, be liable to . That is certainly the intention behind the government’s Modern Workplaces consultation process.