Flexible parental leave could be on the cards

The need for business advice could soon increase, as the government has proposed a series of changes to flexible parental leave.

If the consultation process views the measures as workable, businesses will be required to implement the changes as of 2015.

Among the changes would be a shared maternity and paternity leave system and the right for every employee to request flexible working conditions.

"New parents should be able to choose their childcare arrangements for themselves, rather than being dictated to by rigid government regulation as is currently the case," explained business secretary Vince Cable.

He added that the government is aware of the need to reduce red tape for businesses, which has been at the forefront while putting together these proposals.

The CBI responded to the plans by saying that the UK's parental leave system is already one of the most generous in the world, so extending it may not be worthwhile.

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Published on: May 16, 2011

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