Comments are closed. Briefing: green paper: work & parentsOn 27 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Whendoes the consultation period end for the Green Paper, Work and Parents:Competitiveness and Choice?Employershave until 7 March to get their submissions into the DTI.Whatare the paper’s main proposals? –Two weeks’ paid paternity–Any increase on existing unpaid maternity leave will be shared equally betweenthe mother and father–The flat rate of maternity pay – currently £60.20 per week – will be increased–Fathers will have the right to work reduced hours until the end of maternityleave–Both parents will be able to opt to work reduced hours for as long as theywish, when the maternity period endsWhatare the aims of the Green Paper?Theproposals are aimed at making it easier for parents to work. They also bring UKmaternity and paternity rights in line with EuropeWhenwill it come into force?TheDTI hopes to have a set of proposals by the end of March. Some will not need togo through Parliament, but the ones that do will have to wait until after thesummer Parliamentary recess. Whichindustries will be most affected?Publicsector HR directors, for example in the NHS, are concerned about the impact ofpaternity leave. And male-dominated industries like construction may struggle.Employers are worried about the option to give both parents the right to workreduced hours after maternity leave.Howmuch will the family friendly measures cost employers?Lastyear’s Green Paper estimates that the recommendations will cost,–£8m, or £200 per employee as a one-off implementation cost of proposals–£5m for each additional £10 a week statutory maternity pay–£18m for each additional week of cover needed for maternity leave–£9m for each additional week of cover for unpaid maternity leave–£18m paternity leave–£1.9m for each week of cover if one in five working fathers reduces their hoursby 25 per centwww.dti.gov.uk/er/g_paper/ Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.