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Minister considers delay to family friendly legislation

New “family-friendly” legislation could be delayed until September, to allow businesses facing extra costs more time to prepare. Credit: PA

ITV News understands new “family-friendly” legislation could be delayed until September, to allow businesses facing extra costs more time to prepare.

The Social Security Minister announced on Tuesday her intention to bring new laws into force from 28 June, which would give new parents the right to take 52 weeks’ leave, including six weeks’ paid leave.

Deputy Judy Martin said some of the additional costs the changes would create for businesses would be subsidised, while wider reforms of the current Maternity Allowance benefits are worked up.

But the Chamber of Commerce expressed concern about the sudden announcement and lack of consultation about the plans.

Following a meeting between both parties, the Social Security Minister has agreed to “consider” delaying the change until the start of September.

Chamber recognises that the legislation is the right thing to introduce. But Chamber, via many businesses who have contacted us, do also recognise we are in the midst of the biggest economic crisis in 75 years. Government and business are just starting first tentative steps together, as we begin to think of recovery. As such, we question the timing of introducing such additional burden and worry to many small businesses struggling week to week as poor timing.

– Murray Norton, CEO of Jersey’s Chamber of Commerce

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