New parental leave laws could lead to an increase in discrimination claims
A lack of clarification in the drafted Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 could mean parents wanting to share the responsibility of a new baby may find themselves encountering difficulties with their employers.
In most cases both parents will be working for separate companies. The new legislation will mean that the terms of their leave may need to be negotiated between the two separate companies and their respective HR departments.
A lack of communication between these separate companies could result in delays or failure to arrange the leave properly which could lead to drawn out disputes and inconvenience for all parties involved.
This will be more of a problem in small and medium sized companies who do not have the resources to implement these new changes effectively especially if the patterns of leave requested by both parents are complicated.
Companies face the risk of discrimination claims due to a lack of understanding on how to process the new laws essentially getting it wrong. It can also lead to breakdown in the relationship between an employer and their staff.
Author – Nicola Williams