Employers warned against favouring parents

03-08-2006

Employers have been warned not to favour parents and carers when it comes to booking time off over the summer break.

While parents and carers are often tied to the school summer break for taking holidays, giving them priority could lead to claims of discrimination, workplace law firm Croner has warned.

Male employees could accuse employers of sex discrimination, since the task of looking after children is often left to women, said the company.

Alternatively, childless employees could claim that they had been indirectly discriminated against.

Employers are being warned not to be "too nice" to employees with children, despite this group making up around 40 per cent of workers.

"A best practice employer will consider employees' personal circumstances, but on a case-by-case basis, and not a blanket policy," advised Richard Smith of Croner.



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