Editor's message: Advances in benefits delivery - largely through the use of flex and voluntary benefits packages, and salary-sacrifice arrangements - have led to many employers offering employees a choice of benefits. As more emphasis is placed on employee choice - and employees come to expect this - we can expect the use of such arrangements to increase.
However, employers will still need to keep a lid on their benefits spend, and may be minded to check what their competitors are doing to see whether they need to offer a wider benefits package. It is also worth making sure that employees are fully aware of, and take advantage of, the benefits on offer.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
We discuss the key legal developments affecting employers from October 2016 and beyond, including: changes to the national minimum wage rates; reforms to employment tribunals; public-sector exit payments and important case decisions to look out for.
Updated to include information on the Government's response to its consultation on reforms to public-sector exit payments.
The autumn months promise to be a busy period for HR practitioners as they get to grips with a host of employment law changes. Bar Huberman sets out the top 10 upcoming legislative changes that employers need to be ready for, even though many implementation dates have yet to be confirmed.
We discuss the different types of family-friendly leave, providing a useful summary for each entitlement, as well as touching on the Government's plans to extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents.
We discuss the various types of family-friendly leave and who is entitled to what and when.
Updated to include revised advisory fuel rates, effective from 1 September 2016.
The Government consults on simplifying the rules for employees making good on benefits in kind.
The Government plans a consultation on a new right to shared grandparental leave to support employees with childcare responsibilities.
We round up five significant employment law decisions that have been made so far, and look ahead to important judgments expected before the end of this year.
So far in 2016, there have been notable employment law cases on: holiday pay; childcare vouchers; social media at work; fraudulent sick leave; and reasonable adjustments for disabled people.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pay-related and other benefits.