New dads in Britain could be on course to get an unexpected bonus following the birth of the baby with the government currently discussing plans that could see the fathers being given six weeks of paid leave in order to help their partners in taking care of the new born.
Currently only two weeks of paid leave are allowed for new fathers while mothers get 90 percent of their pay for the first six weeks of leave while for the next 33 weeks, they would be paid around Ģ124.88 a week.
AdvertisementHowever the new proposals could see fathers too getting extended leave in order to prevent "cracking up" of mothers under the strain of taking care of the new born. The couples could also take their leave in chunks, though the Federation of Small Businesses is outraged by the proposal since it would severely inconvenience the employers.
The new plans are being backed by Business Secretary Vince Cable who said that the currently plans are outdated and expects the new proposals to kick into action by 2015. "The aim of this consultation is to extend flexibility at work in a way that avoids imposing any unnecessary burdens or costs on companies, while delivering the real economic and business benefits that flexible working brings", he said.