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Businesses and Families to Shape Process for Shared Parental Leave

Posted on Wednesday 27th February 2013 08:00 by Gordon Bain


The Shared Parental Leave system will enable both parents to maintain a strong link to the workplace, encourage fathers to play a greater role in the early stages of their child's life and allow both employees and employers to be more flexible when reaching an agreement on how best to balance work and home life.
Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, is calling on business and parents across the south of Scotland to submit their views on government plans to improve the current system of parental leave. 
UK Ministers announced earlier this month that they intend to move forward with proposals that would allow parents to use their leave entitlement more flexibly. Business Minister Jo Swinson MP today launched a consultation on plans for shared parental leave and flexible working.
The consultation will influence how the government legislates under the Children and Families Bill 2013, which includes the proposals for shared parental leave and flexible working.
Commenting, Mr Hume said:
"It’s vital that families are allowed to make decisions on childcare based on what works for them. The measures that have been proposed will give parents the flexibility to act in the best interests of their children.
"I would encourage parents and business to consider making a submission to the consultation that was launched this morning. The government needs to hear from working families and employers on how they think this can work in a way that's simplest all round for those involved."
You can find out more information on the Shared Parental Leave System here.
You can take part in the consultation either on-line or by downloading and completing the consultation form. The Consultation closes on the 20th May 2013.

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