IPA warns agencies to be on alert over employment rules

By FRANCESCA NEWLAND, campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 26 November 1999 12:00AM

Britain’s agencies face being denied the services of key staff for weeks at a time under new Government rules to encourage family life.

Britain’s agencies face being denied the services of key staff for

weeks at a time under new Government rules to encourage family life.



Small shops in particular could find themselves vulnerable as a result

of new legislation which allows mothers and fathers more time with their

new-born babies.



Now the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising has put agencies on

alert to the family friendly rules in the 1999 Employment Relations

Act.



The act allows both parents of babies born or adopted after 15 December

to qualify for parental leave, provided they have at least one year’s

service with an employer. This consists of 13 weeks’ unpaid leave to be

taken during the first five years of the child’s life.



Employers may ask for such leave to be postponed but cannot refuse

it.



Meanwhile, minimum maternity leave increases from 14 to 18 weeks and a

woman’s right to take the full 29 weeks after the birth will now be

given after one year’s service.



Mary Budd, the IPA’s employment affairs consultant, said: ’Larger

agencies have traditionally done more than the statutory minimum but

those with 20 employees could have a big problem.’



This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

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