The Institute of Directors has urged the Government to abandon proposals to make life easier for parents who work because of their potential impact on businesses in the UK.
The Government is considering a number of measures outlined in a green paper including allowing women returning from maternity leave the right to demand part-time or flexible hours and giving fathers the right to two weeks paternity leave after the birth of a new baby.
Ruth Lea, head of the IOD’s policy unit warned ministers that new rights for working parents would damage competitiveness, increase costs and could jeopardise existing flexible working practises.
A report published by the IOD states, “The unrealistic and sentimentalist demands for further work-life balance flexibilities fails to understand how business works.
“Any further work-life balance regulation could only damage business.”