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.

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29 Nov 2018

Almost all employers say they will maintain or increase spending on employee benefits over the next two years, new research...

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Comply Direct cleans up with Employee Benefits Award

21 Nov 2018

Packaging, environmental and waste management compliance business Comply Direct landed the Employee Benefits Award at the Personnel Today Awards 2018...

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Use employee benefits to support lower earners, says Work Foundation

21 Nov 2018

Businesses should make better use of their employee benefits to support low earners, according to a report by the Work...

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How can employers manage changes in childcare provision?

14 Nov 2018

The long-standing Childcare Vouchers scheme ended on 4 October and has been replaced by the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme. How...

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Health secretary: employers must do more on prevention

5 Nov 2018

Schemes such as free fruit in offices, bicycle loans, support for ill employees and counselling should be the new norm...

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Supporting LGBT staff: Family-friendly leave for same-sex couples

26 Jul 2018

When LGBT workers look to start a family, there are numerous rights and entitlements employers must be aware of. Hollie...

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How employers need to embrace flexible working to retain talent

1 May 2018

With the UK on the brink of a skills shortage, employers need to embrace flexible working to retain talented staff...

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Six important employment law cases in 2017

28 Jul 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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