Flexible parental leave: impact assessment

Flexible parental leave: impact assessment
Document type
Impact Assessment
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills
Publisher
BIS
Date of publication
1 May 2011
Series
Consultation on Modern Workplaces
Subject(s)
People management: all aspects of managing people
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This impact assessment evaluates the government's commitment to encourage shared parenting from the earliest stages of pregnancy - including the promotion of a system of flexible parental leave. Current statutory maternity and paternity provisions are unbalanced and reinforce the culture where women do the majority of the caring and are more likely to be absent from the labour force as a result of having children. They do not allow parents to make simple and flexible choices about shared parenting as they place fathers in a subsidiary role; with limited access to worklife balance measures and time for parenting. The system is concentrated in the early years, with minimal provision for school age children. Without making significant changes to the statutory system, it is not possible to give greater equity and flexibility without unacceptable risk of legal challenge.

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