Here we go again.
No single issue concerns us more than all government’s obsession with changing employment law. Since 2011 we have been arguing against the Coalition’s plans for shared parental leave, not because the idea in principle is a bad one, but because the administrative burdens it will place on small businesses could be sizeable.
We are pleased with some of the concessions won from government on this policy which will limit the impact the proposals could have had.
However, the legislative principle has passed and now means that any baby due after April 1 2015 will qualify parents for new parental leave laws.
What does that mean for my business?
Under the new law, women will be able to share everything after the first two weeks of their maternity leave with their partners.
Also, fathers will be able to take up to six months of unused maternity leave, or the couple may opt to split the leave between them, either separately or at the same time.
It goes without saying that the Forum will be offering support to all members in understanding the new laws. You can find more information here and call the helpline on 0845 130 1722 for advice specific to your circumstances.
However, further to that, we will continue to press the government on this issue. In all regulations we argue for 3 Cs - certainty, clarity and consistency.
- Certainty as to what the laws mean and when they are coming in
- Clarity to ensure they are easily understandable
- Consistency to try and reduce the amount of change they create.
In parental leave alone, laws have changed on average every 18 months since 2004.
It simply isn’t good enough to claim at top level to be a deregulatory government whilst continuing to implement sizeable new changes in this area of law.
We will continue to push this government and the next to legislate proportionately. Your support, in case studies and responding to surveys, is vital in that work. Please contact email@example.com to find out how you can get involved.