parental leave

Flexible Parental Leave Unworkable for Small Businesses

Proposals allowing mothers and fathers to share parental leave as they see fit will be an administrative headache for small firms, business groups have warned. Under the proposals in the Government’s Consultation on Modern Workplaces (PDF), from 2015 once statutory maternity leave and paternity leave have ended, parents will be able to share the remaining allowance between them. They could take this leave in blocks or even at the same time. “For a small firm, organising cover and workloads for a member of staff that has decided to take chunks of parental leave from work — not a continuous period of time — will be extremely burdensome and difficult to administer.” said John Walker, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses. However, the proposed reforms would allow... »

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 ... »