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.