A survey by the CIPD and employment law firm Hammond Suddards found only 76 per cent did so, and the percentage is even lower for other pieces of legislation. Only 40 per cent had training to help them implement the parental leave regulations.

For data protection, the figure was 28 per cent while a mere three per cent received training in the issues covered by the Disability Discrimination Act.

Asked if they felt their organisation had prepared for the parental leave regulations, 42 per cent said they were very confident while 47 per cent were fairly confident. Ten per cent were not confident and three per cent believe the legislation will only be understood when case studies become available.u 0161-830 5115, www.hammondsuddards.co.uk

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