– Simon Walker, director general of the Institute of Directors
The IoD supports the Deputy Prime Minister's efforts to release the full potential of women in the workplace. We agree that this is not just a question of equality, but also of economic necessity.
IoD members want to be accommodating to their staff, and to work with mothers and fathers in sharing leave after they have had a child. Being able to split leave flexibly will be attractive to parents, but will inevitably increase uncertainty for employers, who must be given suitable notice beforehand.
Parents will be able to share up to a year's leave to look after their newborn children under "radical" reforms announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today.