Editor's message: There are statutory requirements covering pay and leave associated with maternity, paternity and adoption, but many employers provide benefits in excess of the statutory requirements.
One of the most common family-friendly benefits provided by employers is childcare vouchers. However, the role of the employer in childcare benefits is now uncertain as the Government has announced that these will be replaced with a childcare allowance from early 2017 (see Childcare vouchers).
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
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 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.
The findings of XpertHR's 2016 survey of benefits and allowances are examined focusing on location allowances, long-service awards, childcare vouchers and other benefits on offer.
Statutory maternity pay (SMP) can be tricky to calculate, for example where an employee's pay increases during her maternity leave. We set out five top tips for employers struggling with SMP calculations.
Employers that enhance shared parental pay are twice as likely to receive shared parental leave requests as those who offer the statutory rate, according to XpertHR research.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to family-friendly benefits.