By Claire West

In May of this year, the Government launched a consultation on plans to introduce a new system of flexible parental leave from 2015 as part of its plans to create a modern workplace for the modern economy.

Under the proposals, once the early weeks of maternity and paternity leave have ended, parents will be able to share the overall leave allowance between them.

Commenting on the Government’s consultation, which closes today, Alexander Ehmann, Head of Regulation at the Institute of Directors, said:

“Given the Government’s present deregulatory drive, including initiatives such as the Red Tape Challenge, there are serious questions about why it is making these proposals now. The IoD strongly supports flexible working and efforts to expand the talent pool available to employers. In principle, we also support shared parental leave, providing the administration of the leave is not burdensome to employers.

Unfortunately, though, the Government is implementing these proposals in a way that will add to the complexity and cost of managing workforces. This contradicts the pro-growth, deregulatory message that we keep hearing from ministers.”