Paternity leave changes "will cause headache for HR"

02-04-2009

Paternity leave changes
The CBI has warned that making changes to paternity leave pay over the next ten years will be an "administrative headache" for human resources (HR) departments.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission recently called for changes to be made which will see fathers receive 90 per cent pay for their first two weeks' leave and mothers 26 weeks on the same wage.

A further four months of paternity leave – after the mother's initial six weeks – which either parent can take have also been suggested. At least eight weeks of this time would be on 90 per cent pay.

However, Katja Hall, the CBI's director of HR policy, said that this will mean HR will have to overhaul pay systems three times by 2020.

"While this report raises some interesting talking points, the proposal to introduce paid parental leave to be shared between parents would be complex and costly for companies to administer," she added.

Mace and Jones law firm recently warned employers to follow employment law carefully if they have to make someone on maternity leave redundant.

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