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The rise of "stay at home dads". Hrlaw's quick guide to Additional Paternity Leave ("APL")

Times are changing. The stereotypical image of the mother left holding the screaming baby whilst the father “brings home the bacon” is being increasingly challenged.  With fathers choosing/needing to get more and more involved in the initial...

Auntie looks at service contracts

Dear Aunty I have recently taken over the HR function at a carpet business. The company engages around 50 self-employed carpet fitters who do the carpet fitting jobs that we arrange for them. We provide the tools, insurance and uniforms, but then deduct...

New Year, New Problems

New year, new problems.. 2010 saw key developments in case law which Ozlem Kulle and Helen Besch outline in their articles. This article highlights key cases that are likely to be decided in 2011. Age discrimination The ECJ is considering in the German...

School's out for summer

With school holidays in full swing, here are a few tips on leave issues common at this time of year and how best to deal with them… 1. Temporary changes to working hours You may get more requests for temporary changes to working hours over the...

'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...

When absence doesn't necessarily make the heart grow fonder...

This article highlights some important points to bear in mind when dealing with staff absence from work whether this be time off for public duties, time off for dependants, paternity and parental leave or “absence” in the form of flexible working...