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BCC survey reveals concerns over employment law changes

Interim findings from an ongoing British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey have revealed that business owners are concerned over the impact of recent employment law changes. 

 

New additional paternity leave legislation will allow fathers of children born on or after 3rd April to share the maternity leave and pay if the mother returns to work early. This will allow them to take a total of six months off.

 

From 6th April, the Government will begin phasing out the Default Retirement Age, meaning employers will no longer to able to require their workforce to retire after they turn 65. 

 

Of the 1,300 businesses that took part in the survey, 52% expected the paternity leave changes to be detrimental to their business, and 34% thought they would be extremely detrimental. Around 21% of business owners expected the abolition of the Default Retirement Age to have a negative impact on their business. 

 

These two major changes to employment law will not be part of the exemption from domestic regulation for micro firms announced in the Budget. That means the smallest firms will be affected, as well as larger companies.

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