Jo Swinson, minister for employment relations and Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire, shares her advice on the upcoming Shared Parental Leave legislation with Real Business – and looks at what kind of cultural change she hopes it will bring about.
With Shared Parental Leave (SPL) regulations due to come into force in just two weeks' time, over a third (36 per cent) of smaller firms are not prepared to integrate the new law and nearly half (44 per cent) are worried about how the regulations will impact on business.
The alleged "argy-bargy" involving Jeremy Clarkson and a Top Gear TV producer earlier this month highlighted a number of serious issues – including the difference between whether an incident happens in, our out, of working hours.
In the final piece from our five-part employment law series, Bircham Dyson Bell's Ian Wasserman examines the detail behind the government's minimum wage boost and explains what it means for businesses throughout the UK.
It serves as the centrepiece at the heart of the government's commitment to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business – the kind of vintage glass of port at the end of a meal it hopes people will be waxing lyrical about in the future. But what exactly is in the Small Business Bill – Real Business has had a look.
From 5 April, Shared Parental Leave will be available to eligible parents. In the fourth of our five-part employment law series, we examine what the benefits to employees will be and what it will cost employers
The number of people taking their employers to employment tribunals could rise as the government reviews the fee payable by employees over the next few weeks.
In the third of five pieces examining the most important changes or new arrivals to employment law, we take a look at the new Fit for Work programme – a new government initiative set up to help businesses manage sick leave.
As part of our comprehensive look at the big employment law issues for 2015, our second of five articles examines the rise of zero-hours contracts and what they mean for business owners.
In the first of five articles looking at the biggest upcoming developments in employment law, we first touch on the prickly topic of equal pay and what businesses must do to protect against legal action.
Since April 2014 a number of changes to claims issued and defended in employment tribunals have been introduced: potential claimants must refer their claim to ACAS first; fees must be paid; and, in circumstances where the employer’s behaviour is deemed to be malicious or have aggravating features, they may be obliged to pay a financial penalty (anything between £100 and £5000) to the government.
Ben Stepney casts his eye over sick pay reform and discusses the challenges SMEs face when trying to juggle employment law rights for their staff and turning a profit.