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Another World

So Gordon Brown is to extend the rights of parents to flexible working. Whoopedoo.

The problem with so much of employment legislation, particularly in recent years, is that beyond the great headlines, most of these rights aren’t worth the paper they’re written on unless you work in a vast, maybe publicly funded, organisation. Which, let’s face it, most of those proposing and drafting these laws do, and have always done.

After all, with the best will in the world, can someone whose employment experience has only been with large employers possibly imagine the situation of someone in a small firm, whose short-notice absence for even one day can be critical? Or that person’s thought process in contemplating asking for their “rights”, knowing that they may well then find themselves on the top of the next redundancy list?

As a father myself, now, it’s not that I don’t appreciate the good intentions, but I knew that when we decided to have a child the decision would have an impact on our lives and we accept those consequences for the greater reward. We certainly weren’t banking on the nanny state to bully our employers into making us that little bit less employable giving us more time off.

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