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Burt welcomes ‘Modern Workplaces’ Consultation

May 17, 2011 9:49 AM

Solihull MP Lorely Burt has today welcomed the beginning of a consultation on new flexible working and parental leave laws.

The proposals, which will come into force in 2015, extend the right to request flexible working to all employees and allow parents to share parental leave between them in a number of blocks.

Lorely Burt, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Business, Innovation & Skills Parliamentary Committee said:

"There were Liberal Democrat manifesto commitments that are now being delivered in Government and it is good news for employers and employees. Employees will get greater flexibility and employers will enjoy the benefits of a motivated, happy workforce.

"The current systems in place are inflexible and gender-biased. What these proposals do is bring the UK into the 21st century with modern workplace laws that reflect the modern times that we live in.

"It is statistically proven that flexible working and flexible parental leave leads to better working relationships, higher morale and higher productivity. That is why great businesses like B&Q and BT have welcomed these proposals."


  • The proposals for flexible parental leave are as follows:
    • 18 weeks maternity leave and pay - in one continuous block around birth.
    • Four weeks of parental leave and pay exclusive to each parent to be taken in the first year.
    • 30 weeks of additional parental leave available to either parent - of which 17 weeks would be paid and can be broken in blocks between parents.
  • The proposals for flexible working are as follows:
    • Extending the right to request for all workers who have been with their employer for 26 weeks.
    • The Government will consider publishing a statutory Code of Practice for businesses. It will propose that employers should be allowed to take into account employees individual circumstances when considering conflicting requests.
  • For more information, and to add your own comments, please visit http://discuss.bis.gov.uk/modernworkplaces/