Employers hit out at paternity plans

EMPLOYERS&rsquo; groups the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) yesterday hit out at new plans for&nbsp; paternity rights, saying they will cause an administrative nightmare.<br /><br />The new measure, which will let mums who return to work after six months swap their unused six months over to their baby&rsquo;s father, will push up employment costs for businesses, the groups said. <br /><br />&ldquo;We believe the focus in these very difficult times should be on business getting out of this very deep recession,&rdquo; BCC boss David Frost said.<br /><br />Meanwhile, the FSB said the administrative burden was the biggest issue. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not the pay, it&rsquo;s not the leave &ndash; it&rsquo;s the administration,&rdquo; a spokesman said.