17 January, 2011
Forbes Solicitors is warning local employers to be prepared for the forthcoming changes to Maternity and Paternity leave which is again in the spotlight following the Government's announcement this morning.
From April this year, new legalisation will be brought into force entitling fathers to take up to six months paternity leave when the mother returns to work before using the full entitlement. Today Nick Clegg went one step further by announcing that a consultation will be launched on a new properly flexible system of shared parental leave that is expected to be introduced in 2015.
Jonathan Holden, Employment Solicitor comments, "It remains to be seen how either the changes in April, or the subsequent extension announced by Nick Clegg today, will be brought into force and how it will be applied practically. There are clearly potential administrative issues and employers do need to plan for this and ensure that they have appropriate policies and procedures in place."