16 March 2011
Government 'planning to alter parental leave legislation for small businesses'
The government could be on the brink of facing an increased number of grievance claims from disgruntled workers if one report on its plans for alterations to the country's employment laws is anything to go by.
According to the Daily Telegraph, during his latest budget speech to be given next week (March 23rd 2011), chancellor George Osborne is set to outline plans that will see smaller businesses which employ ten or fewer members of staff being granted exemptions from the country's strict parental leave regulations.
For instance, the news source noted that such organisations will be able to "negotiate maternity and paternity leave deals directly with their workers" instead of being obliged to comply with set legislation.
Currently, rules state that mothers are entitled to take one year's absence regardless of the status of the firm she works for, but these new prospective alterations would mean that the amount of time they can take off is no longer fixed if they work for a small company.
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Posted by Richard Saunders