Commentary and insights

All items: Family-friendly rights and support

  • Statutory neonatal care leave and pay: What we know so far

    Date:
    20 July 2022

    The Government has given its backing to the Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill, which is a Private Members' Bill sponsored by MP Stuart McDonald. This paves the way for the introduction of statutory neonatal care leave and pay. What do we know about this new type of family-friendly leave and what has the Government said about the timetable for its implementation?

  • Employment law changes 2022: Mid-year progress report for HR

    Date:
    1 July 2022

    As we reach the midpoint of 2022, HR professionals would be forgiven for losing track of all the live employment law proposals and what they mean for their organisation. To assist HR with planning for the rest of the year and beyond, we round up the major employment law changes in the pipeline as of mid-2022.

  • April 2022 employment law changes: Six tasks for HR

    Date:
    14 March 2022

    HR professionals must ensure that their organisation is on top of the raft of employment law developments in April 2022. These changes include rises in national minimum wage rates, gender pay gap reporting deadlines, increases to statutory redundancy pay and maternity pay, and the end of HMRC's IR35 enforcement "grace period".

  • Employment law in 2022: Eight action points for HR

    Date:
    3 December 2021

    As well as continuing to deal with workplace issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there will be many other important employment law developments for HR to grapple with in 2022. What does HR need to do to meet its obligations and prepare for the coming year?

  • Statutory carer's leave: How will the new employment right work?

    Date:
    4 October 2021

    The Government has confirmed its plans for the introduction of a statutory right to carer's leave. How will this new type of leave operate and what impact will it have on how employers support carers?

  • Pregnancy loss: Supporting employees affected by termination for medical reasons

    Date:
    19 May 2021

    Pregnancy loss charities have welcomed recent initiatives by some employers to offer paid time off to employees affected by miscarriage or stillbirth. One form of pregnancy loss that is rarely talked about, however, is termination for medical reasons. Jane Fisher takes us through the specific difficulties that can arise and how employers can help.

  • Homeworking: Helping employees to balance work and caring commitments

    Date:
    22 March 2021

    Lockdown has brought many challenges for employers and employees alike - not least those who have had to juggle their day-to-day work with home schooling a child or caring for another dependant. Graham Brown takes a look at ways in which employers can help support working carers and parents.

  • April 2021 employment law changes: Five things for HR to do

    Date:
    9 March 2021

    While continuing to deal with the impact of coronavirus, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the usual raft of April employment law changes. In April 2021, these changes include the extension of IR35 reforms to the private sector, a tweak to the national minimum wage age bands, and increases to statutory redundancy pay and statutory maternity pay.

  • Enhanced redundancy protection for pregnant employees and new parents: Overview for employers

    Date:
    21 August 2019

    The Government is pressing ahead with plans to extend the period during which pregnant employees and new parents are entitled to be offered any suitable alternative vacancy if they are being made redundant. We look at how the law will change and the headaches that the amendments could cause for employers.

  • No requirement to match enhanced maternity pay with enhanced shared parental leave pay

    Date:
    25 June 2019

    Consultant editor Darren Newman examines the recent Court of Appeal decision that puts paid - for now at least - to the argument that employers that offer enhanced maternity pay must offer the equivalent for employees on shared parental leave.

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