SMEs opposed to shared parental leave

More than three-quarters (70%) of respondents are opposed to the government’s new system of shared parental leave, according to research by outsourced HR and employment law provider High Performance Consultancy (HPC).

Its survey of almost 100 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), found that, while 30% of respondents said they welcome the changes, many were concerned that these could have a negative impact on the general running and administration of SMEs.

Under the new proposed changes, new parents can make their own arrangements on how to spend their allocated leave.

Victoria Brown, managing director of HPC, said: “As a working mum, I am never against any improvements for families to be able to manage both work and childcare more effectively. However, HPC’s [employer] clients have voiced fears that I think most business owners will have; that without due care and attention to the detail of how this would be administratively implemented, this is just going to be another unwanted headache for SMEs.”