Although businesses may not recognise it immediately, this move will ultimately help them when it comes to recruiting and retaining the best people. This issue is particularly pressing when you consider that the UK is facing a growing skills gap.
More flexible working practices and better maternity leave will go a long way to addressing this.
While a step in the right direction, the incoming regulations are still quite cautious. This ‘light touch’ approach will help to ensure that smaller businesses aren’t over-burdened.
However, larger organisations with the infrastructure in place to be more flexible should go further than the new regulations demand.
Opening up flexible working to all staff – not just carers – would be a very positive next step.
Nicky Briggs, director, LexisNexis