In 2003, paid maternity leave increased from 18 weeks to six months. Now, under these proposals, this will increase to nine months and soon to a full year, in addition to new paternity rights and flexible working rights.
David Frost continued: "Small businesses now face tremendous pressures due to the likelihood of losing more key staff for longer periods of time. This could also be an administrative nightmare with employers having to cope with more paid maternity leave, more paid and unpaid paternity leave, shared leave and increased flexible working rights.
"With the economy slowing sharply and the business environment worsening, the Government needs to offer our firms support at this difficult time rather than burdening them with yet more damaging employment legislation."