15 April 2010
New paternity employment laws are "right", says CBI
New regulations governing paternity leave have been welcomed by one industry body.
According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), it is correct that paid leave for new fathers should be extended.
Under proposals laid out by the Labour Party in its manifesto, the maximum time dads would be able to take off work following the birth of their child would be doubled to four weeks with full pay.
Also, employees would be able to take this flexibly over the first year of the child's life and parents would have the option of sharing the two additional weeks between the mother and the father.
Responding to the pledge, Katja Hall, director of employment policy for the CBI, said: "Traditional caring roles are changing and it is right that legislation reflects this."
She added that extending paternity leave would provide families with greater flexibility in terms of how they share childcare.