Can workers achieve a work life balance

2014-09-19 Jennifer Renney-Butland posted:

With the blistering warm summer holidays, it may set a worker’s mind on ways to embrace a better balance between work and life. Increasingly, workers are asking to work flexitime, i.e. to work hours to suit their demands outside of work such as childcare or avoiding the rush hour.

Now is the time for businesses to tweak their shared parental leave and flexible working policies. Statutory requirements have been relaxed, and companies will not want to be caught out by employees who have a sound basis to making such requests.

The right to request flexible working was extended in June 2014 to all employees who have 26 weeks’ service or more, and can be requested for any reason, so is not limited to staff with caring responsibilities. If your business has not updated its flexible working policy or you would like to receive legal advice about flexible working requests, give us a call or an email.

The regulations about shared parental leave will apply to employees expecting children on or after 5thApril 2015. This means that recently pregnant employees and their partners will be entitled to share parental leave benefit/pay. It is advisable for you to update your maternity and paternity policies to create a shared parental leave policy to reflect the new regulations.

For fast effective relief from all your employment headaches, call Renney and Co Solicitors today on 01225 632240 or email us at info@renneyandco.com.

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