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SCC TO TACKLE FRESH CHALLENGE ON PATERNITY LEAVE

[ 16-05-2011 ]

The UK Government are today consulting on the future structure of paternity leave, opening the prospect of additional burdens and uncertainty for employers.  Commenting, Garry Clark, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: 

“It is time that the UK Government started to trust employers more in the running of their businesses and in dealing with their employees.  The vast majority of businesses are perfectly capable of dealing with the issue of paternity leave with their staff without the threat of further interference from the State. 

“For a Government which claims to be trying to reduce the regulatory burden on business, it is paradoxical that it is now consulting on plans which could make paternity leave less structured, less predictable and more difficult to plan for.  This could lead to additional uncertainty and cost for Scottish businesses which can ill afford it at present. 

“Taken together with other consultations on employment regulations, it looks like it could be a difficult few years ahead for hard pressed Scottish employers.  Chambers of Commerce will again be fighting to mitigate the effects on business through focused lobbying on the current plans.”

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