Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

South Korea: new government announces proposals to increase support for work-life balance

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In has announced the Government's support for greater work-life balance for Korean employees, including proposals to curb Korea's notoriously long work days, broaden parental leave and ease the burden of childcare costs. Following President Moon … Continue reading

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UK: tribunal rules that failure to enhance pay for shared parental leave is sex discrimination

A tribunal has ruled that an employer's failure to enhance pay for shared parental leave (SPL) to the same level as enhanced maternity pay is direct sex discrimination. Employers who enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay should be … Continue reading

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Singapore: Compliance checks- changes to entitlements effective 1 July 2017

Changes to shared parental leave and adoption leave entitlements as well an increase in the re-employment age ceiling will take effect from 1 July 2017. This is a good juncture for companies to review their employment policies to ensure they … Continue reading

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UK: April 2017 changes – apprenticeship levy, tribunal compensation limits, national minimum wage, statutory benefits and immigration skills charge

From 6 April 2017 UK employers with an annual pay bill of or over £3 million will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy at a rate equivalent to 0.5% of their payroll costs, subject to an offset allowance of … Continue reading

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UK: New statutory benefit and minimum wage rates confirmed

The national minimum wage increases have been confirmed: the hourly rate for those aged 25 or over will be £7.50 from April 2017. The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that, from April 2017, statutory sick pay will increase … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

UK: Breastfeeding at work – employers may need to adjust employee hours

Employers should ensure that employees who are breastfeeding are able to express milk at work sufficiently regularly to avoid medical problems (in accordance with medical advice), in a private, clean environment with the ability to store the milk safely. If … Continue reading

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UK: New publications – EHRC Pregnancy and Maternity Pledge

The EHRC has launched a new Working Forward initiative to support pregnancy and maternity rights, asking employers to sign up to an EHRC pledge to make the best working environment they can for pregnant women and new mums, to include … Continue reading

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UK: Shared parental pay – care needed when handling grievances or changing policy on pay

Employers should have effective processes in place to handle any grievances challenging their parental leave pay policies.  If the policy is revised, transitional provisions should make clear whether the new policy applies to parents who have already given notice of … Continue reading

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India: Amendments to maternity benefit

Enhancements to maternity benefits in India under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 (the Act) have been in the spotlight for some time. Calls for such enhancements have culminated in the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (the Bill), which has now … Continue reading

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UK: Consultation on changes to taxation of salary sacrifice

HMRC is consulting until 19 October 2016 on restricting the use of salary sacrifice for the provision of benefits in kind with effect from April 2017. As previously announced, employer pension contributions, employer-provided pension advice, employer-supported childcare, provision of workplace nurseries, … Continue reading

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