Editor's message: Employers should be aware of the statutory requirements covering pay and leave for parents. Issuing policies on the various types of family-related leave and pay will help your line managers and employees to understand their rights and duties.
Many employers provide benefits in excess of the statutory minimum, which can have a positive effect on recruitment and retention. One thing to bear in mind when providing enhanced benefits is the duty not to discriminate, for example if you offer contractual maternity pay but not contractual shared parental pay, there is a risk of discrimination claims by male employees.
One of the most common family-friendly benefits provided by employers is childcare vouchers. However, the Government has announced that these will be replaced with a new tax-free childcare scheme, which was due to launch in early 2017 (although there will be arrangements for existing members to continue to participate in a childcare vouchers scheme). The new scheme will not require employer participation.
Bar Huberman, senior employment law editor
Updated to include details of the Government's call for evidence on business expenses.
We round up our key content on employment law changes that come into effect in April 2017.
The run-up to April is typically a busy time of year for HR professionals, with new employment legislation due to come into force. 2017 is no exception, with the most significant development being the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting duty for larger employers. However, there are a number of other key changes affecting all employers, regardless of their size.
Fathers face a negative bias when seeking a better work-life balance or applying for part-time employment, a new study suggests.
Additional information on the law on maternity leave and pay for NHS employers. To be read in conjunction with the general information on the law on maternity leave and pay.
Additional information on the law on maternity leave and pay for NHS employers in Scotland. To be read in conjunction with the general information on the law on pregnancy and maternity leave and pay.
We discuss what employers can do to help ensure that an employee's maternity leave runs smoothly, including communicating clearly on holiday entitlement and maternity pay.
The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry into how employers can better support fathers in the workplace.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to family-friendly benefits.