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Open date: 16 May 2011
Closing date: 08 Aug 2011
Response date: 13 Nov 2012
The Modern Workplaces consultation was published on the 16 May 2011. The consultation ran for 12 weeks and sought views on four key areas: Introducing a new system of flexible parental leave which will allow mothers and fathers to share leave, and give parents and employers greater choice about how leave is taken; on how to extend the right to flexible working to all employees; Updating the Working Time Regulations to reflect European judgments and introducing further measures to promote equal pay.
These responses focus on the flexible parental leave and flexible working aspects of the consultation and outline the Governments proposal to reform the maternity leave and flexible working systems in order to free employers and their workers from the current system of rigid, old-fashioned regulations. A response to the Working Time element of the consultation will be published in due course.
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