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CBI RESPONDS TO PARENTAL LEAVE AND FLEXIBLE WORKING REFORMS

CBI RESPONDS TO PARENTAL LEAVE AND FLEXIBLE WORKING REFORMS

The CBI today commented on the introduction of a new system of shared parental leave, and the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees, contained in the Government’s Children and Families Bill.

Katja Hall, CBI Chief Policy Director, said: “Shared parental leave can be a win-win for employers and employees, supporting working families while helping businesses to retain talent. For the benefits to be felt it must be simple to administer, especially for smaller firms.

“The extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees reflects common practice in many workplaces. But businesses have to balance the needs of all their employees as well as customers, so they must retain the right to say no.”

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