Government reforms (1): Family friendl(ier) – shared parental leave and pay

We’ve told you about the Government’s and ACAS’s guidance (available here and here) on shared parental leave. However, given its imminent arrival on 1 December 2014 we thought it was time to provide you with our own bespoke guide. Particularly since the new rules apply to babies due on or after 5 April 2015, which…
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Newsflash: October changes

It’s that time of year when the biannual employment legislation changes take place, and the following came into effect on 1 October 2014: National minimum wage: The following National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates came into effect: adult rate: increase by 19p to £6.50 an hour; 18-20 year olds: increase by 10p to £5.13 an hour;…
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Government reforms (1): Right to accompany – ante-natal appointments

In our Newsflash Fathers’ time off for antenatal appointments we let you know that from 1 October 2014 fathers will have the right to take unpaid time off work to attend two antenatal appointments with their partner. The new right is provided for in the Children and Families Act 2014 (“the Act”), and is part…
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Newsflash: Fathers’ time off for antenatal appointments

From 1 October 2014 expectant fathers, or the partner of a pregnant woman, will have the right to take unpaid time off work to attend two antenatal appointments with their partner (with each one lasting no more than 6.5 hours). The Government has published a guide for employers, available here. This sets out a number…
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Government reforms (1): True flexibility is here (nearly!)…

On 30 June 2014, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service. Further, the current statutory procedure for handling flexible working requests is being replaced on that date with the less bureaucratic requirement that employers handle requests in “a reasonable manner”. Q. Is this…
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Newsflash: Flexible working & shared parental leave – it’s a date!

Implementation dates have been confirmed for the right to request flexible working and the right to shared parental leave. What do we already know? In our Newsflash Flexible working delay we let you know that the introduction of flexible working for all was delayed from its planned April 2014 start date until later this year.…
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Government reforms (1): Flexible working

What do we already know? In our November 2012 Newsletter, Family friendl(ier): working on the childcare conundrum…  we let you know that the Government proposes to: extend the right to request flexible working to all employees (not just those with parental responsibility for a child or caring responsibilities for an adult); replace the current “right…
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Newsflash: Flexible working delay

Flexible working for all has been delayed.  It was due to come into effect on 6 April 2014 but will instead be introduced later this year sometime.  We shall let you know once there is a confirmed date. The new extension of the right has been held up by delays to the Children and Families…
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Government news

The Government, tirelessly pressing on with yet more employment law reforms, is proposing a number of important amendments to its Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (ERRB). It has also published the Children and Families Bill, which aims to fulfil a number of commitments it has made on children and families. ERRB Reforms Key amendments to…
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