Top 10 HR questions in July 2014: Shared parental leave and flexible working

Shared parental leave will applies for parents of babies due or after 5 April 2015. REX/WestEnd61
Shared parental leave applies for parents of babies due or after 5 April 2015. REX/WestEnd61

Employers were getting to grips with various changes to family-friendly workplace rights last month. Questions on next year’s introduction of shared parental leave and the recent amendments to the rules on flexible working requests dominate the list of popular FAQs on XpertHR for July 2014.

Also, with the warm weather continuing throughout the month, employers were asking whether or not there is a maximum workplace temperature beyond which employees cannot be expected to work.

1. How will shared parental leave operate?

2. When does shared parental leave come in?

3. When will the mother of a child be eligible to take shared parental leave?

4. Can employees on shared parental leave take keeping-in-touch days?

5. When will the father of a child, or the partner of a child’s mother, be eligible to take shared parental leave?

6. Does an employee made redundant while on shared parental leave have any special rights?

7. How should an employer respond to a request for flexible working?

8. Is there any right of appeal where an employer rejects an application for flexible working?

9. For how long should an employer keep an employee or ex-employee’s personnel files?

10. Is there a maximum workplace temperature beyond which employees cannot be expected to work?

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