Coalition to encourage shared maternity leave
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will today outline proposals which will encourage fathers to take parental leave.
Mr Clegg described the current system as “Edwardian” and, as a result, the coalition Government will consult on a “proper” system of shared parental leave to be introduced in 2015.
Currently, men are entitled to take two weeks off after the birth of a child. However, Mr Clegg, who has three children, said parental leave should be shared between parents “in a whole range of ways”.
Under the new proposals, the Government will suggest that couples take leave in a number of chunks rather than a single block.
While the proposals were welcomed by Adrienne Burgess at the Fatherhood Institute, they were criticised by Andrew Cave from the Federation of Small Businesses, who said: “Measures like these will make it more difficult for businesses to function and actually make it less likely that they will be able to employ additional staff.”