Labour pains over parental rights

December 2004
Management Services;Dec2004, Vol. 48 Issue 12, p6
Academic Journal
This article deals with the 2004 online poll conducted by Croner Consulting, one of Great Britain's leading providers of business advice and support, which showed that 61 percent of employers believe that productivity would suffer if maternity leave was extended by a further six months. The results coincide with Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt's proposed plans for longer paid maternity leave, higher paternity pay and extended flexible working rights to carers. But Richard Smith, human resources expert at Croner Consulting believes that current provisions for working parents are adequate and is supporting the view of those businesses that would find it difficult to cope if new legislation is introduced. Employers' rights need to be balanced with those of the employee and further provisions for parents and carers would leave many businesses struggling to cope. Childless workers do not have equivalent rights to time off work and Richard points out that this could also affect productivity by causing conflict in the workplace. A further recent Croner Consulting survey revealed that 54 percent of employers do not think that a father's right to paternity leave should be made equal to maternity leave.


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