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WORK AND PARENTS

Parental leave - but they don’t live with the child!

A male employee has made an application for two weeks’ ordinary parental leave (OPL). However, you recall him saying that he doesn’t live in the same household as his child. On that basis does he qualify for OPL? More...

CHILDCARE

Where is the new tax-free childcare scheme?

A new government-backed tax-free childcare scheme was set to go live in autumn 2015 but so far it hasn’t materialised. What’s happened and is this new scheme still going ahead or not? More...

WORK AND PARENTS

Childcare vouchers: under the new scheme

In Autumn 2015 a new tax-free childcare voucher scheme is set to commence. When this happens the current scheme will remain in place but be closed to new entrants. What are the main differences with its replacement? More...

WORK AND PARENTS

Introducing a shared parental leave policy

On 1 December 2014 the Shared Parental Leave Regulations came into force. They introduce a statutory right which will be available to all eligible parents whose child is due to be born on, or after, 5 April 2015. What must you do now to prepare? More...

HOMEWORKING

Genuine homeworking or cheaper childcare?

An employee has submitted a request for homeworking and you suspect that it is motivated by a desire to reduce their childcare costs. How can you make it clear that your time isn’t for looking after their children? More...

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

Q&A - bringing children into work

INSURANCE

Holidays: is your equipment properly insured?

80% of employees stay in touch during periods of annual leave, even when holidaying abroad. But suppose that their company-owned laptop or mobile phone is stolen during their trip. Whose insurance covers it - theirs or yours? More...

WORK AND PARENTS

Q&A - their child’s school is closed; now what?

FAMILY-FRIENDLY RIGHTS

Must an employer help with childcare?

A single mother recently took the Army to tribunal claiming that it had failed to assist with necessary childcare arrangements. She won her case. So does this mean you must provide them, or did this employer make a very big mistake? More...

EMPLOYERS’ LIABILITY

Kids and work don’t mix

Some employees developed the habit of bringing their kids to work for the odd day over the school holidays. You’re beginning to get concerned about your position with your insurer if one of them has an accident. How should you play it? More...
Last updated: 17.05.2019

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