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Government warned not to increase paternity leave

A leading human resources think tank has urged the government not to increase the statutory paternity leave introduced in April as part of new work/life balance legislation.

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The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development welcomed the introduction of new flexible working rights for parents, adding that it should be extended to all employees.

However, statutory paternity leave, which now stands at two weeks, should not be extended at present, the CIPD said.

It said it was too soon after the legislation was introduced to consider extending the period and also opposed the introduction of unpaid paternity leave.

Mike Emmot, CIPD’s head of employee relations said: ‘Most employees will have issues about work/life balance. If the government wishes to look again at the issue of unpaid leave, this should be addressed in its broader context rather than as a series of apparently unrelated employee rights.’

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