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Shared Parental Leave – The Top 10 FAQS on Shared Parental Leave and Pay

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Shared Parental Leave is still relatively a new concept, one you don’t often hear about unless you are in HR circles, but it has been in place for a good couple of years now, so what exactly is it and why is it still relatively unheard of? In April 2015, the UK brought in new rules for parents taking leave after the birth or adoption of their child.  A flexible and equal approach to allow both parents to assist (and enjoy) childcare with a legal right to return to work policy providing families with a new way to manage ‘maternity leave’….

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Annual Leave – 5 Ways to Manage Summer Holiday Requests

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The big issue of annual leave requests in the Summer. The summer is finally here, British Summer Time has already begun, and schools and colleges across the country are now on the countdown until the big summer break. That’s great if you work in the academic sector and have an academic calendar, but what about the thousands (if not millions) of businesses who don’t? Annual leave requests for July and August (other than Christmas) significantly increase. Parents juggling childcare are usually first to hand in their requests with many colleagues soon following – simply because it’s summer! So how do…

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Tax Free Childcare due this autumn delayed until 2017

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A few months ago we posted on the upcoming coming changes to tax efficient childcare arrangements. The government was expected to launch a new Tax-free childcare scheme (TFC) this autumn, which would have seen the end of salary sacrifice childcare vouchers for parents not already in a scheme. The new TFC scheme will not involve going through employers but, instead, parents will have an account with the National Savings and Investments Bank (NS&I) in which they can put up to £8,000 a year for which the government will provide a top-up capped at £2,000. It appears that parents will be…

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Promoting employee benefits through total reward statements

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March is often the month in which HR professionals undertake the administrative task of producing bespoke total reward statements for their employees ahead of the new financial year but it doesn’t have to be a mundane annual task. Our HR software allows you to create a template which can then be automatically personalised for each employee who can then login via self service and view their live total reward statements 24/7 – any changes you make to your employee’s pay or benefits will instantly be reflected in their live total reward statement. If you need some inspiration on the types…

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Rising childcare costs – Can employers ease the burden and make gains?

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The Family and Childcare Trust (2015) has published research which shows that childcare costs for under-fives have risen by 27% over the past 5 years. As a working Mum I know first-hand of the rising cost of childcare, each September I am provided with a letter from my son’s nursery containing a fee revision. Salary sacrifice childcare vouchers Fortunately I have been able to take advantage of tax savings through a salary sacrifice scheme to provide me with childcare vouchers which cover part of my monthly childcare bill. The amount anyone can claim and save through childcare vouchers depends on…

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