Bosses ill-prepared for paternity leave change

by Christopher Evans

Companies may find they need to seek employment law advice after research shows that many are not prepared for additional paternity leave.

Four in ten of those polled by Working Families said they had not made the necessary preparations, despite the changes coming into force on April 3rd.

Furthermore, 19 per cent of the employers who have made policy amendments are planning to pay fathers six weeks on full salary when they take additional paternity leave.

"Many fathers don't take ordinary paternity leave now because they can't afford to lose pay at a time when family costs increase," explained Sarah Jackson, Working Families chief executive.

She added that fathers who are given greater flexibility in the workplace are generally more loyal to their employers.

The group recently condemned government plans to exempt small business from amended maternity and paternity laws, saying they represented a step away from a family-friendly Britain.

Employers: Find out more about the paternity leave changes.

  • Employment News from Lawpack: Solicitor-approved Paternity Leave template with expert guidance on how to complete the legal form

Published on: March 23, 2011

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