UK employers 'cautious' about Work and Families act
The implementation of the Work and Families act is cause for concern for many employers, according to new research.
A survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and KPMG, the professional advisory service, has revealed that 64 per cent of respondents feel that the new provisions for working parents will create difficulties for their business.
Moreover, it also found that 57 per cent of participants in the survey feel that changes to pay provisions will be problematic.
Mike Emmott, employee relations advisor at the CIPD, commented: "It is clear from the survey that there is scepticism about some of the provisions, especially those relating to paternity leave, and concern about the difficulties that might arise in implementing them.
"It is possible that such reservations simply reflect the caution with which employers tend to embrace any new regulations. But the government needs to reassure employers about the administration of the new provisions."
The new legislation will come into effect as of April 6th 2007 and will make it possible for carers of adults to request flexible working. Moreover, it will also see the extension of paid maternity and adoption leave from six months to nine months.