EU maternity plans could change face of recruitment - From Recruitment Today

1st March 2010

British business could face forking out billions of pounds extra each year under EU moves to treble maternity pay. A European Parliament committee has passed a plan to make firms pay new mothers their full salary for at least 20 weeks.

It would effectively treble statutory maternity pay in the UK, which currently provides women with six weeks at 90% of salary, followed by a longer period on a basic £123 a week.

Aside from the financial costs to business, the EU plans could also have a huge impact on recruitment - with more interims needed as women take longer off work and small businesses in particular increasingly reluctant (legally or not) to take on women who plan to have a family.

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