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Minister claims government will not alter parental leave legislation

Minister claims government will not alter parental leave legislation

The government is not currently making any plans to alter the country's parental leave legislation, an official has said.

Lynne Featherstone, minister for equalities, has refuted claims from the shadow chancellor before last week's budget speech that the alliance is making provisions to change the current system during a podcast discussion with the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), reports People Management.

Under present law, each parent is eligible to take a total of up to 13 weeks worth of absence for each of their children under the age of five.

Prior to chancellor George Osborne's budget, it was said that the coalition wants to change this, but when asked about whether this was the case, Ms Featherstone noted: "Not as far as I'm aware. No one leaked this to me."

During the discussion, which the news source has said will be published by the CIPD on April 6th 2011, the minister also said that plans to extend flexible working rights were still in the offing.

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Posted by Richard Saunders