Tips for making a flexible working request

There’s an almost inexhaustible array of arrangements which might be described as flexible working, including job sharing, working from home, compressed hours, term-time working or just changing your hours – it doesn’t always have to mean working part-time. Flexible working… Read on

Summer holiday childcare: your rights at work

As schools start their long summer holiday, working parents face the annual childcare headache. For many families this involves juggling a patch-work of arrangements. Inevitably, there may be times during the summer months when things don’t run smoothly for those… Read on

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

Parental bereavement law not expected until 2020

There is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide paid time off for parents whose child has died.  The government previously pledged to introduce a new entitlement for parental bereavement leave and pay and, in September 2018, the Parental… 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

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