The Economic and International Affairs Scrutiny Panel has reviewed the proposals to extend family friendly employment rights. The review focussed on the consultation process and the possible impacts the changes might have on businesses and the Island's economy. The proposals are contained in a proposition (P.17/2019) lodged by the Social Security Minister on 12th February.
The proposals follow a review of family friendly rights by the Employment Forum, and include an extension from 26 weeks to 52 weeks of leave for all parents which can be taken in up to 4 blocks during the 3 year period from birth.
The Employment Forum acts as a non-political consultative body which consults on employment-related issues as directed by the Social Security Minister. The Forum reports to the Minister with recommendations on each issue, based on the views received in consultation.
The Forum consulted on family friendly rights, using its consultation database of around 300, from January to March 2017. At the end of 2017, the Forum presented a recommendation to the Minister which outlined the extensions to the family friendly legislation.
The Panel agreed to review the proposed extensions as concerns were raised about the effects the changes may have on businesses - small businesses in particular.