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Employee Benefits

Pay and benefits: Which are the most popular?

Why do companies need to offer employee benefits? It’s an employee’s market. Unemployment is at a low and job seekers are able to search through thousands of jobs on their phone in an instant. They quite literally hold the power in their hands. And whilst employee benefits will never outweigh a fair and competitive salary, […]

Employment Law Updates 2019

Employment law updates for 2019

The first month of the year is a great opportunity to look forward to the year ahead, and put plans in place to achieve your goals. So that your 2019 HR plans can be designed with upcoming employment law updates in mind, we’ve taken a look at the changes anticipated for the year ahead and […]

compassionate leave

Bereavement and compassionate leave: How much is the right amount?

Facebook recently introduced a policy giving employees up to twenty days’ paid compassionate leave in the event of a death in their immediate family. This is just one element of the policy, others include: ten days’ leave for the death of an extended family member; five weeks’ leave to care for a sick relative; and […]

shared parental leave

Shared parental leave and pay to be extended to working grandparents

Shared Parental Leave was introduced for babies born on or after 5 April 2015 and allows mothers to return to work and share the untaken leave with their partner.  The right also exists for adoptive parents when a child is placed with them. The government has recently acknowledged the important role that working grandparents play […]

Shared Parental Leave – what you need to know

New legislation 2015 – key dates

New legislation 2015 – Take note of these important dates:   APRIL The new right to shared parental leave begins, applying to eligible parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015 (and in relation to adoptive parents of children placed for adoption on or after that date). The rate of pay for statutory […]

Employment Law changes for October 2014

October signals a number of changes to employment law. Here’s what you need to know: 1.       National minimum wage increases The national minimum wage increases from £6.31 to £6.50 for workers 21 and over, and from £5.03 to £5.13 for workers 18-20 years. Workers of 16-17 years old will be eligible for £3.79 an hour, […]

Shared parental leave: what you need to know as an employer

On the 1st October 2014 legislation that gives working parents more choice on how they balance their work and caring commitments comes into force. Eligible working families with children due on or after 5th April 2015 will have the opportunity to decide how to share parental leave in the first year after their child is […]

The right to request flexible working is extended

New legislation comes into force from 30 June 2014 giving all employees, who have been continuously employed for 26 weeks or more, the right to request flexible working.   Currently the right to request flexible working applies to employees who have children under the age of 17 (18 if a child is disabled) or who are […]

Shared Parental Leave: Latest Developments

Following consultation on the issues and benefits around the sharing of parental leave between working mothers and fathers, the government has now published its response to those findings. Its aim is to introduce a system in 2015 whereby a couple can share what would be described at the moment as maternity leave from work in […]