Statutory payments to increase from April 2019

The annual increase of certain benefits in England, Wales and Scotland is due to take effect from early next month.  Benefits generally rise in line with inflation.  This year, the key changes are: statutory sick pay will increase from £92.05… Read on

ECJ rules foster parents are not workers

The European Court has ruled that work performed by foster parents under contracts with a pubic authority does not fall within the scope of the Working Time Directive (WTD). Consequently, foster parents are not entitled to paid rest periods or… Read on

Government to consult on greater parental pay transparency

The government has announced that it will consult on requiring employers with more than 250 staff to publish their parental leave and pay policies, so job applicants can make informed decisions about whether they can combine the role with caring… Read on

Top tips for making a flexible working request

Springhouse sets out its top  tips for making a flexible working request to your employer. Flexible working can mean many things: part-time work, job sharing, working from home, compressed hours, term-time working. Flexible working is associated with an improved work-life… Read on

Shared parental leave: on borrowed time?

Ben Power’s recent article for People Management asked, “why is nobody taking shared parental leave”? And he is not alone, it seems, in suggesting the UK’s newest type of parental leave, introduced in 2015, might not be fit for purpose.… Read on

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