Posts from February 2016

Policy announcement ‘may not be welcomed by employers’ 
 
Grandparents will be able to take paid time off work for childcare under government plans to extend the existing shared parental leave. 
 
Parents and grandparents will be able to divide the statutory shared parental pay between them, which is £139.58 a week or 90 per cent of average weekly earnings. 
Chancellor George Osborne made the announcement as the Conservative Party conference began in Manchester this week. 
Statutory sick pay and statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay will not increase in April 2016. 
 
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) remains at £88.45 per week. 
Since the Equal Pay Act 1970 there has been continuing inequality in terms of pay between men and women – is this a problem that your company still has? 
 
Since the Equal Pay Act 1970 largely superseded by the Equality Act 2010 there has been a requirement to pay men and women equally when doing the same jobs or work of an equal value. The Office for National Statistics’ recent report suggest the pay gap stands at 19.2% meaning women earn around 80p for every £1 earned by a man. 
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