Most SMEs ‘against parental leave reform’


Parental Leave

The majority of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are opposed to the looming changes in rules surrounding parental leave.

That’s according to the results of a poll conducted by HR specialists High Performance Consultancy (HPC), which has revealed that 70 per cent of business owners say that the changes would cause unnecessary disruption and administration issues to the day-to-day running of their firm.

Under the new guidelines, both mums and dads will be able to share leave for the 12 months after their child has been born.

Previously, they has only been able to take time off as part of a six-month block, however, the latest proposals would see parents make their own arrangements on how the time is divided up.

HPC managing director Victoria Brown questioned whether the changes were needed, saying that less than five per cent of the company’s client base has had requests from fathers to take parental leave since 2011.

Posted by the Secret Businessman