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, these are being replaced with a new tax-free childcare scheme, which launched on 21 April 2017 (although there will be arrangements for existing members to continue to participate in a childcare vouchers scheme). The new scheme does not require employer participation.
Bar Huberman, acting employment law managing editor
Updated to include information about proposed changes to the tax treatment of legal expenses, introduced by the Finance Bill.
One quarter (24%) of women on maternity leave are not offered the same training opportunities as their colleagues, according to research published by digital learning provider Avado.
XpertHR research into maternity pay arrangements finds a wide variety of approaches among employers paying above the statutory provisions. It also examines how organisations are enhancing paternity leave and pay.
Here, we look at the findings from the XpertHR survey of benefits and allowances, presenting data on the availability of a number of benefits including long-service awards, childcare and travel benefits, location payments and various allowances.
We provide a mid-year round-up of key employment law cases in 2017.
Shared parental leave has been in the press again of late, with a new father winning a sex discrimination claim for his employer's failure to enhance its shared parental pay. How can employers stay on top of the various family-friendly rights available to employees? We provide a whistle-stop tour of who is entitled to what, and when.
Whether or not to enhance pay during maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave is a perennial dilemma for employers. We debate the pros and cons for employers of paying employees on family-friendly leave over and above what the law requires.
Consultant editor Darren Newman asks if an employment tribunal was correct to hold that it was direct sex discrimination for a new father to be allowed to take only two weeks' leave on full pay, when female staff were entitled to 14 weeks' enhanced maternity pay.
Updated to include information on Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd, concerning a sex discrimination claim relating to shared parental pay.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to family-friendly benefits.