Comment on Nick Clegg's speech on Women and Work

Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:08
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Commenting on the announcements on maternity and paternity leave and the right to request flexible working made by the Deputy Prime Minister today, Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:


"The IoD supports the Deputy Prime Minister's efforts to release the full potential of women in the workplace. We agree that this is not just a question of equality, but also of economic necessity.

IoD members want to be accommodating to their staff, and to work with mothers and fathers in sharing leave after they have had a child. Being able to split leave flexibly will be attractive to parents, but will inevitably increase uncertainty for employers, who must be given suitable notice beforehand.

"We are pleased that the Government has listened to those in business who were concerned about increasing the amount of dedicated leave for fathers. Any extra leave would clearly have been an additional burden for employers. The more time parents take off, the more difficult it is for employers, particularly small ones, to manage the disruption.

"IoD members recognise the benefits of flexible working and have had policies for it for some time. But flexible working is not suitable for every employee or every business. Extending the right to request does not change this, it only creates more unnecessary form-filing and wasted time. This move runs counter to the Government's drive to reduce the burden of regulation on business."

Source: ©IoD

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