Family-friendly proposals burden

first_imgFamily-friendly proposals burdenOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today The Government’s recent family-friendly proposals could spell problems foremployers. In its response to the green paper on work and parents, the CBI saysit would be impractical to give new parents the statutory right to workpart-time as most firms wouldn’t be able to guarantee reduced hours. And itsays the proviso of a “harm test”, allowing companies to refuserequests to work part-time could lead to “uncertainty and more employmenttribunals”. Comments John Cridland, deputy director-general of the CBI,”Ministers should help parents balance family and work responsibilities.But they need to do it by encouraging flexible employment practices, ratherthan by introducing unnecessary regulations such as the right to part-timework.” And employers are also concerned that the recent budget has increased theamount of red tape involved in employing people. According to a straw poll fromthe Institute of Directors, the main problems are associated with the newmaternity and paternity entitlements and the difficulties of covering forabsent staff during statutory leave periods. George Cox, director general ofthe IoD, said, “Insufficient has been done to lessen the burden of stateinterference and regulation in the business environment.” The Government has extended maternity leave from 18 weeks to 26, raisingstatutory maternity pay to £75 per week next year and then to £100 by 2003,when men will be entitled to two weeks paternity pay, set at the same level. Employers will not be expected to swallow all of the increased costs aschanges to the national insurance system means that 60 per cent of businessescan claim back the full cost of paying SMP. However, there are concerns amongemployers that the real cost will be in providing cover. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more