Sunday 15 September 2019

Firms fail to update leave policy

All mothers fear judgement and that there is nothing worse than the thought of someone silently forming negative opinions about your parenting.
All mothers fear judgement and that there is nothing worse than the thought of someone silently forming negative opinions about your parenting.

Fearghal O'Connor

More than half of Irish companies have not yet updated their parental leave policy despite new rules coming into effect today.

A survey by CIPD Ireland - which represents human resources professionals - of 54 organisations found that only a fifth of firms surveyed believed their employees were aware of newly-enhanced rights for both mothers and fathers.

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Despite the lack of awareness, over half the firms had no plans for employee communications on the matter, they said.

The survey also found that almost two thirds of the companies surveyed will not top up the salaries of employees who choose to avail of new paid parental leave - due to come into force in November - which will see parents entitled to two weeks off and a payment of €245 per week.

"We welcome the changes but we have concerns around the lack of flexibility that might exist in some companies. If parents had an option to take off one day a week, they might better be able financially to take advantage of this parental leave," said Mary Connaughton, director of CIPD Ireland.

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