- Oct 28, 2007
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
European plans to change maternity rights will cost UK firms £2.5bn a year, a business group has warned.
Under proposals to be voted on next month, women leaving work to have a child would be entitled to 20 weeks' leave on full pay.
Women in the UK are currently entitled to a year off, with the first six weeks on 90% pay, followed by 33 weeks on Statutory Maternity Pay of just under £125 a week. The remainder is unpaid.
The BCC put the bill for extending maternity pay at full pay in the UK alone at £2.5bn - using data from an assessment carried out on behalf of the European Parliament.
£2.5billion a year costs to manufacturers and industry at this time seems a bad move to make. 20 weeks or nearly 5 months off on paid leave is a huge burden to smaller companies and industries - I can imagine if the projections are right that people will try not to hire women of child bearing age in future.
Is this going to be one of those well meant directives that has the reverse effect? (One other- not EU law - was to allow sperm donor children to trace their donor fathers: this led to a drop in sperm donors coming forward.