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UK – More than six out of 10 employers are opposed to paid volunteering leave

More than six out of 10 (61%) employers are opposed to the Conservative pledge of paid UK buttonvolunteering leave, according to research from Jelf Employee Benefits.

The policy, pledged in the Conservative party’s election manifesto, would oblige all public sector employers, and private companies with more than 250 employees, to give workers up to three days a year off to volunteer.

But only a quarter (27%) of employers agree with the proposals, according to Jelf. The survey also found that 28% of employers already offered paid leave for volunteering to some (9%) or all (19%) of their employees.

Steve Herbert, head of benefits strategy for Jelf Employee Benefits, said that while the intention may be well meant, it overlooks the significant impact on employers.

“Workplace absence is generally accepted to be one of the largest employment costs for UK organisations, and this commitment would add further to this,” he said. “The proposed change would also pose major challenges for employers in recording this new absence type, ensuring adequate cover by colleagues, and also the administration necessary to ensure that the voluntary work qualified to be rewarded.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at HR Magazine – Employers opposed to Tory volunteering pledge.

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