Family-friendly benefits

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 is the provision of childcare vouchers. However, the Government has announced that these will be replaced with a childcare allowance from 2017.

The question of whether to enhance shared parental pay for fathers has featured in case law this year

Six important employment law cases in 2017

The decision by the Supreme Court that the employment tribunal fees system is unlawful may be one of the most...

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How Tax-free Childcare works and its impact on employers

9 May 2017

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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Supporting the forgotten community of employees who are carers

2 Jan 2017

Employers need to consider how to support employees who are carers, so they can balance work with caring for dependants....

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Statutory maternity pay and sick pay: 2017/18 rates announced

28 Nov 2016

The Government has published the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay...

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Employment law changes: October 2016 and beyond

15 Sep 2016

The autumn months promise to be a busy period for HR practitioners as they get to grips with a host...

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Five important employment law cases in 2016… and five more to come

21 Jul 2016

Your annual summer round-up of the most important employment law cases 2016 has seen so far, and those still to come…

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Suspending childcare vouchers provided through salary sacrifice is lawful

Suspending childcare vouchers during maternity leave is lawful

10 Mar 2016

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

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Suspending childcare vouchers during maternity leave – EAT appeal

26 Jan 2016

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

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Congratulation leave? Unusual types of leave from around the world

14 Jan 2016

Anyone thinking that the UK’s upcoming grandparental leave is unnecessary meddling by law-makers should look beyond these shores at the...

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Statutory maternity pay and sick pay frozen for 2016/17

27 Nov 2015

Statutory maternity pay and statutory sick pay rates will not rise in 2016. The Government has proposed no annual increase...

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Facebook to raise minimum wage and improve benefits for contract workers

15 May 2015

Facebook is to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the USA for its contractors and suppliers, among...

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Shared parental leave eligibility rules will stop many men taking it up.

Two in five fathers will not qualify for shared parental leave

6 Feb 2015

Rules surrounding the eligibility for shared parental leave have been criticised after the TUC found that two in five men...

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Statutory shared parental pay is set at the same rate as statutory maternity pay

Statutory shared parental pay rate announced

5 Dec 2014

The Government has published details of the rate at which statutory shared parental pay will be paid from April 2015,...

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Will shared parental leave oblige firms to offer enhanced paternity pay?

13 May 2014

A new system of statutory parental rights will be introduced next year, which will inevitably place additional administrative burdens on...

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Recruitment and dismissal in Europe: what employers need to know

8 May 2014

Recruitment and dismissal can be problematic for businesses, particularly when employers are unaware of the legal consequences of their actions....

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