|Companies may be forced to keep the jobs of women on maternity leave open for 12 months after a deal between the government and unions.
Ministers are considering a proposal drawn up in response to union demands at the National Policy Forum last month, reports the Daily Mail.
However, there appears to be disagreement in the government, according to the newspaper, with Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman in favour of extending the period to a year, while Alistair Darling, the chancellor, is concerned on the pressure it will put on businesses.
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