Monday, 17 January 2011

Couples to share maternity leave

I'm very pleased this government is going ahead with Labour's idea to let the father take up any remaining unpaid leave if the mother goes back to work early.

The government also plans to consult on a "proper" system of shared parental leave. This is something I very much support see Paternity leave a personal view.

If couples can share maternity leave then there is less reason to disgriminate against mother's by employers as dad's can also take time away from work. If used wisely then shared maternity leave could help the income of the family like reducing the cost of nursery.

Also the flexibility of chunks rather than a single block of maternity leave will help employer's and employee's. Because the employee suddenly becomes more flexible at work while taking leave. Again this will help families manage their time looking after the children.

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