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Parental Leave Reforms Mean More Red Tape

Parental Leave Reforms Mean More Red Tape

Plans to allow new fathers to take six months paternity leave from next year will mean more red tape for small businesses, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned. The Government has proposed that new fathers have a statutory right to take up to three months’ paid and three months’ unpaid leave. The move will allow mothers who return to work after six months to transfer their unused six months’ paternity leave to their partner. At present fathers are entitled to a maximum of a two weeks’ paid leave. “Small firms will suffer if they have to cope with more administration,” said BCC director general, David Frost. “We want a moratorium on new employment law so that employers can focus their attention on getting businesses and the economy out ... »

Adoptive Parents – Rights to Leave & Pay

NEW – From April 2009, the standard rate of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) and Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) in the UK increased from £117.18 per week to £123.06 per week. The Government is committed to helping working parents. Rights to leave and pay for adoptive parents have been introduced for employees whose children are placed with them on or after 6 April 2003. »