Proposals to change the way parents can share maternity leave have been outlined as part of the Children and Families Bill
The government plans to change the current arrangements which have been criticised by some employees as being ‘inflexible’.
The Bill also introduces the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees not just parents and carers.
Under the new system:
The government wants to remove the cultural expectation that flexible working only has benefits for parents and carers, allowing individuals to manage their work alongside other commitments. This will improve the UK labour market by providing more diverse working patterns. The new system will:
Business Minister Jo Swinson said;
Current workplace arrangements are old-fashioned and rigid. The Children and Families Bill will bring the way mums and dads balance their lives at work and at home into the 21st century.
Employers will soon get used to more men taking time off after their child is born and more mothers returning to work earlier, shattering the perception that it is mainly a woman’s role to stay at home and look after the child. These measures will really help our aim of ensuring more businesses are making best use of women’s talents throughout the organisation, from the boardroom to the shop floor.
This Bill will also allow fathers to have greater involvement in the early stages of pregnancy and raising their child.
The new system is good for business as it will create a more motivated and flexible, talented workforce. Employers will be able to attract and retain women and prevent them from dropping out of the world of work once they start a family. Flexible working will also help widen the pool of talent in the labour market, helping to drive growth.
Please be aware that these changes are proposal at present.
Source: Gov.uk website