Silver workforce gain the right to request flexible working

From today, 30 June 2014, all employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service gain the right to request flexible working irrespective of child or dependent caring responsibilities. We anticipate employers will see a significant increase in requests particularly from… Read on

Major overhaul to the right to request flexible working

From 30 June 2014, all employees will be entitled to make flexible working requests. We anticipate employers will see a significant increase in requests particularly from its older workforce, who may regard flexible working as an attractive alternative to retirement.… Read on

Taste of future employment law

In the Queen’s speech, the government has given us a flavour of likely upcoming changes to employment law. We await the details, but here’s where we can expect the changes to be: Minimum wage: penalties are likely to be increased… Read on

Do surrogate parents have rights?

Do the receiving parents of a surrogate child have any right to maternity leave? No, according to the Court of Justice of the European Union, in a recent decision (CD V ST). Background The claimant and her partner had a… Read on

Shared parental leave factsheet

Here is the essential information you need to know about the new system of shared parental leave. The new rules come into effect on 1 December 2014, and apply to babies born on or after 5 April 2015. Adopters and… Read on

Forcing a Christian to work on a Sunday

Is it lawful to force a Christian employee, with deeply held beliefs about the Sabbath, to work on a Sunday? Yes it is, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Mba v. London Borough of Merton. Background… Read on

Shared parental leave

In November 2012, the Government announced that it intended to introduce a new system of shared parental leave, overhauling the existing maternity leave and paternity leave provisions. Under the proposals, eligible employees would continue to be entitled to a maximum… Read on