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Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Chamber survey: Paternity Leave

by Samantha Barker, Policy Manager for Employment & Skills

A new survey carried out by the Chamber has shown that the majority of businesses aren't opposed to making paternity leave more flexible. The survey found that more than 60% of those who responded were in favour of more flexibility or had not made up their mind on the issue.

It seems that employers are prepared to be flexible and most have an open mind on the issue. However, it is important that the Government do not heap additional legislation on businesses in order to achieve this – how this is implemented is key and businesses need to be fully consulted in terms of making these changes a reality.

The survey comes after the Government announced that fathers will be given the right to take six months’ paternity leave. Around 400,000 men a year will qualify for the right to extended leave from April 2011. At present they can only take two weeks off compared with a year for mothers.

Next month will see the launch in Manchester of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Flexible Working Guide for employers. The launch, which will be attended by the Commission’s Chairman Trevor Phillips, will be jointly hosted by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and will take place on October 16 at The Hilton Hotel in Manchester. To reserve a place at the event email

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