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Maternity leave change could force firms to take corporate receivership advice

Date Added: 22/10/2010  

Changes to maternity leave regulations could result in more firms needing to take corporate receivership advice.

According to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), businesses will be dismayed by the result of the vote in the European Parliament.

Currently in the UK, women are paid 90 per cent of their salary for six weeks and then £125 a week for 33 weeks.

But proposed changes, which need to be approved by member states to become law, could see new parents given 20 weeks leave on full pay.

The change is expected to leave more firms which employ women needing to take corporate receivership advice.

"This directive should be about setting minimum health and safety standards for pregnant workers, not adding new payroll costs for overburdened companies and national social security systems," commented David Frost, director general of the BCC.

He added that those that are already taking corporate receivership advice will be hoping the member states do not approve the plans. 

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