New sick leave rules preventing job opportunities?

Long-term sickness rules that have come in to place are preventing smaller companies from hiring, which could be bad news for those in debt who are lo…

Long-term sickness rules that have come in to place are preventing smaller companies from hiring, which could be bad news for those in debt who are looking for employment.

New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has shown that the rulings are stopping almost three-quarters of such firms from taking on new staff.

A European Court of Justice ruling under the Working Time Directive means that employees who are absent through illness will still have a statutory entitlement to paid annual leave.

The poll revealed that these instructions will affect the way 71 per cent of employers operate.

John Walker, national chairman of the FSB, said that the judgement “is hampering small businesses’ ability to do the job at hand and help tackle unemployment – which is at its highest for 17 years”.

A survey conducted by Aviva recently revealed that the last decade has seen an increase in the number of female breadwinners in British families.

By Joe Shervin

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