Out in cold for spending winter with family

first_img Previous Article Next Article The English Cricket Board is the latest sporting body to appear to ignorefamily-friendly law in its treatment of players.Last week it excluded Graham Thorpe from its new central contracts, largelybecause he chose to spend the winter with his family and new-born baby, ratherthan go on tour.Under the Parental Leave regulations, which came into force on 15 December,an employee is entitled to three months’ unpaid leave to spend with their youngchildren, without having a detrimental change in contract.”I see no reason why he should not be in the team,” said SimonWilde, the Sunday Times cricket editor. “He had back problems, which heseemed to have overcome, then he opted out of the tour for family reasons. Hadhe not done so he might still be regarded as England’s best batsman.”The new central contracts are the latest bid by the beleaguered Englandcricket managers to sort out its personnel problems, highlighted by PersonnelToday (1 February).Last month Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to ignorefamily friendly law by dropping David Beckham for taking emergency time offwith his son (PT, 29 February).www.dti.gov.uk/er/parental_leave.htm Out in cold for spending winter with familyOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more