Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement that grandparents will in future be eligible to share leave with working parents, Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Another change to parental leave policy is the last thing businesses need after a decade of upheaval. The last set of changes hasn’t even bedded in yet, and many firms will be astonished that the government has decided to intervene yet again.

“Most employers are sympathetic when parents or grandparents need flexibility to help with caring duties, and many go out of their way to accommodate affected staff. But adding new legislation – and increasing the administrative headache and uncertainty businesses already face – is not the way to go.”