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Employers criticise plan to extend paternity leave

first_img Comments are closed. Employers have criticised Government plans to extend paternity and parentalleave. The CIPD and the CBI are unhappy about the timing of the latest proposals – revealedlast week. They say employers have not had a chance to gauge the impact of newparental and paternity leave regulations, being introduced in April as part ofthe Employment Act. The plans are outlined in the joint Treasury and DTI document BalancingWorking and Family Life, which proposes extending paid paternity leave beyondtwo weeks, and extending parental leave rights. Mike Emmott, head of employee relations at the CIPD, called the DTIannouncement ‘a stunt’. “This does not look like joined-up government,” he said. “Thefirst ever right to paternity leave does not even come into effect for a coupleof months. “It is normal practice to monitor new legislation, and then decidewhether any changes need to be made.” The CBI said the plans to extend paternity and parental leave are being madeat a time when many firms can least afford the extra burden due to the weakenedeconomy. John Cridland, CBI deputy director-general, said: “At a time when manybusinesses are fighting a daily battle to remain competitive, the last thingsthey need are additional cost and administrative burdens. “Firms cannot simply go on absorbing the extra costs. The Governmentmust recognise that ever-more employment legislation damages businesses anddestroys jobs.” Cridland added: “Acting now is premature, and at odds with theGovernment’s commitment to review the situation in three years time.” By Ben Willmottwww.cipd.org.uk Previous Article Next Article Employers criticise plan to extend paternity leaveOn 21 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more