Government confirms statutory bereavement leave for parents from April 2020

From 6 April 2020, any parent who suffers a stillbirth or loses a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks’ statutory bereavement leave. Inspired by the heartbreaking stories of parents who were forced to worked through the grief of losing a child, the new laws are described by ministers as […]

HR NEWS | Right to paid leave for bereaved parents

A new right to paid leave for bereaved parents has received Royal Assent and is expected to enter into force in 2020. The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Act) 2018 provides employed parents with the right to at least two weeks of leave following the death of a child under the age of 18. This right […]

FUNERALS | Are employees entitled to time off?

indirect discrimination

In the event an employee suffers bereavement, employers need to handle the situation with care and sensitivity. At times like this, the employee may ask for some time off. Although employees do not have a statutory right to take paid time off work to arrange and attend a funeral, they may be entitled to unpaid […]

Tackling sickness absences in the care sector

employee who is off sick

For all employers, absences are very disruptive. In some sectors, if someone calls in sick, the work can wait. However, in the care sector, the work never stops. Care providers can be left floundering to find suitable cover at short notice and be forced to dig deep into their stretched budget. Most of the time, […]

Written statement of employment particulars

fixed term employment contract

When we advise our clients, some myths about Contracts of Employment often crop up. One of the biggest myths we hear is that contracts need to be in written form in order to be legally valid. Contrary to popular belief, a Contract of Employment may be a verbal agreement or it may be a written […]

Dealing with the loss of an employee

Dealing with bereavement is something that we never want to face, but unfortunately it can and does occur. The passing of an employee can hit everyone hard, but especially in workplaces where you are all working in a close knit-environment and socialise outside of work. Here are some key things to think about: Consider the […]

HR GUIDE | How can Employers manage Absenteeism and Presenteeism

The first Monday in February is known as ‘National Sickie Day’. This is because it’s normally the day that the highest number of workers call in sick, costing employers in wages, overtime and lost productivity. During the winter months, many of your employees will suffer from colds, coughs and flu. You may have those who […]

8 top HR and Employment Law dates in 2018

2018 promises to be a busy year in the world of HR. So we’ve pulled together a list of 8 top things you need to keep on your radar. 1  New minimum wage rates The National Living Wage (the rate for those who are 25 or over) will increase from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour […]

Counting the cost of stress in accountancy firms

tired from working two jobs

Most people wouldn’t consider accountancy to be a high risk job. After all, accountants don’t face the same dangers as a firefighter running into a burning building. But risk in the workplace comes in all shapes and sizes – it’s not always about physical hazards. Accountants have to deal with an intense and heavy workload […]

Paid bereavement leave for parents

paid bereavement leave

Under a proposed new law, parents who have lost a child under the age of 18 are to have a statutory right to parental bereavement leave and pay. The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill has now been published and could come into effect in 2020. What rights does the law provide at present? As the […]