Radical reforms on parental leave and flexible working welcomed
MP Julian Huppert has welcomed radical reforms which will allow both parents to share up to a year’s leave after the birth of their child.
The changes will deliver a long-held Liberal Democrat commitment to make parental leave more flexible, allowing fathers to play a greater role in raising their children.
They will also help mothers to return to work at a time that’s right for them, creating more flexible workplaces to boost the economy.
The new proposals were announced by Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and extend the right to request flexible working to all employees, to give greater choice and freedom to workers and businesses.
Julian said: “These reforms make absolute sense. By giving people more flexible working arrangements we can make it easier for them to fit work around their busy lives and take time off when they need it. This is really important after the birth of a new baby when routines are disrupted and it’s often difficult to find that work life balance.
“These reforms signal one of the greatest advances for equality in recent years allowing fathers to play a much more hands-on role with their children and give mothers the chance to return to work when it suits them.
“I hope it will encourage more employers to attract and retain women in their businesses and prevent women feeling they have no option but to drop out of the workforce when they start a family.”