Flexible parental leave: Latest proposals

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Helen Hargreaves, senior policy and research officer at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), takes a look at the government’s latest proposals on flexible parental leave.

The Modern Workplaces consultation was published by the government in 2011 and detailed proposals in four key areas.

They are:

  • a new system of flexible parental leave
  • a right for all employees to request flexible working
  • measures to encourage equal pay for equal work between men and women
  • changes to the working time regulations affecting the interaction of annual leave with sick leave and family-friendly leave

The government published its response to the equal pay element of the consultation back in July and intends to proceed with the requirement for employers who lose an employment tribunal case on equal pay to carry out a pay audit. Further consultation is planned on the exact details of how the audits will operate and what publication requirements will apply.

In November 2012 we wrote about amendments made to the working time regulations. Also that month the government published its response to the final elements of the consultation, flexible parental leave (FPL) and flexible working.

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