Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Voice your fears over new parents’ rightsOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today The GreenPaper on work and parents might have been well trailed in the media in recentmonths, but there are still some real shocks in the document published lastweek. Paidpaternity leave, extended maternity leave, increased maternity pay – none ofthese was a surprise. What may stun employers are the proposals on workingpart-time and the plan to allow mothers and fathers to share any increase inexisting unpaid maternity leave equally between them. Majoremployers have striven to be more family-friendly, especially in a tight labourmarket. Men have always been the poorer relation in parenthood, so paidpaternity leave is welcomed by many big employers.Even so,businesses and HR professionals might not have been expecting the Green Paperto go quite as far as it has. The Government has set out a populist,family-friendly agenda in the run-up to the election, so there will be squealsof panic from organisations representing employers like the CBI. The endresult will be a watered down version – if it makes it on to the statute booksafter the election – but don’t bank on it. The HR profession has until 7 Marchto get its responses in to the DTI. So click on the DTI web site for a copy ofthe Green Paper and fill in the response form (www.dti.gov.uk/er/review.htm). Whathappens when a new father wants to take some of his partner’s unused maternityleave? Point out to the DTI the complicated logistics of checking with thecompany of the employee’s partner to find out how much leave she has left – andthis before you start thinking about cover for the father’s absence.It is thesort of complicated case that might make the Government think twice beforetrying to enshrine this aspect of family-friendly working in legislation. Related posts:No related photos.