Longer parental concerns business owner



KARELE Maclean runs a small business and is concerned by the suggestion of two years' unpaid parental leave.

An Australian Industrial Relations Commission test case this week paved the way for workers to request up to two years' unpaid parental leave and part-time employment until their children reached school age.

Although it's not an absolute right as yet, Gladstone residents raised concerns about the effectiveness of the idea for a small business.

Ms Maclean said for her business, The Giving Tree, the proposal might not work.

'Small business relies on permanent, reliable casual staff,' Ms Maclean said.

She said if the suggestion restricted employers from hiring new employees, it wouldn't work for small businesses.

However the likelihood of hiring someone for the duration of the parental leave provided Ms Maclean with some enthusiasm for the idea.



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