Childcare

Childcare benefits are among the most important that an employee can offer, to help employees with children to balance their work and family life.

Childcare vouchers are a popular employer-provided benefit, while some employers operate a workplace nursery.


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Tax-free Childcare is the latest initiative from Government to support working parents, but it could see some worse off than...

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Suspending childcare vouchers during maternity leave is lawful

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Employers do not have to provide childcare vouchers during maternity leave when offered through salary sacrifice, the Employment Appeal Tribunal...

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Is an employer obliged to continue to provide childcare vouchers during maternity leave? The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) last week...

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Women on maternity leave must keep childcare voucher benefits

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It is discriminatory to make employees leave a childcare voucher scheme while on maternity leave, according to an employment tribunal....

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Government accelerates free childcare plans

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David Cameron announced today that the Government will bring forward its plan to double free childcare for working parents.
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