Family Friendly

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Discrimination by association: handle with care

Martha Arnold considers the implications of the ECJ’s ruling in Coleman v Attridge Law, in which an employee alleged that she suffered discrimination from her employer because of her disabled son. Ms Coleman, was employed as a legal secretary at...

Homeworking or homeshirking?

We have an employee who has been employed by us for 5 years.  She originally worked full time in our London office, but about a year ago made a request to work flexibly as she has young children, which we approved. She now works 3 days a week in...

Baby bonuses: Top Tips on the payment of bonuses whilst employees are on maternity leave

Determining whether a bonus is payable (in part or at all) to an employee who has been absent from work on maternity leave is a complex issue, and failure to make or pro-rate a bonus payment to an employee on maternity leave could possibly give rise to a...

From Here to Maternity: ECJ pushes the boundaries of Family Friendly Rights

Rights for working mums received a major boost recently when the High Court ruled that the UK ’s current maternity regime does not comply with EU law.  Hot on the heels of the revised maternity laws which took effect from April this year as...

'M' is for Maternity

At present there are two sets of rights for pregnant employees, one for those whose babies are due on or before 31 March 2007 and another for those whose babies are due on or after 01 April 2007 .  This dual system has come about because of a recent...

'K' is for Kids

Over recent years, the Government has put in place various ‘family friendly’ legislation in an attempt to promote work/life balance and in recognition of the fact that parents frequently are required to juggle their work commitments with their...

There's no use crying over spilt milk - how will the Work and Families Act 2006 affect you?

On 1 October 2006, the Work and Families Act 2006 was introduced.  This made some important changes to the law on maternity and adoption leave which, as set out below, will need to be reflected in employers’ maternity and adoption policies.  ...

Mobile workers: the risks of remote working

Since the early 1990s communications technology has given an increasing number of people the ability to work effectively from home (although readers who remember using dial-up modems may still be recovering from the stress levels caused by slow and...

Stopping the brain drain

It is a truth universally acknowledged (by those within the HR function at any rate) that wise and thoughtful investment in people is at the root of progress in any business.  Getting the obvious across to the profit-hungry number-crunchers at the top...

Proposed new paternity rights - Who's left holding the baby?

The government has just announced its new family friendly proposals, following extensive consultation. They will appear in the Work and Families Bill. The new / changed laws will be introduced in April 2007. The proposal includes extending Statutory...
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