Family Friendly Employment Rights

There has been a drive recently to promote a more effective work/life balance. A DTI study identified that 6 out of 8 employees would rather reduce their working hours than win the lottery, yet a third of employers have still to wake up to their responsibilities, making this area of employment law a hot issue.

Family friendly employment rights include maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, parental leave, as well as the important area of flexible working. Frequently the spectre of sex discrimination is also to be found lurking in the background to catch out the unwary employer.

This area of the law is influenced heavily by the European dimension and with a European commitment to improve the interface between work life and family life, it is likely to evolve dramatically over the next few years.

It is absolutely crucial, therefore, that managers have a complete understanding of an employer’s obligations regarding the family friendly provisions. It is also absolutely crucial for your organisation that any applications for family friendly leave are dealt with seriously and consistently.

The employment lawyers within MacRoberts who deliver family friendly employment training have considerable experience in advising organisations and in advising upon and implementing family friendly policies ensuring their consistent application, as well as representing both employers and employees before Employment Tribunals when disputes arise in this area.

The family friendly training is delivered in an interactive and entertaining way with the aid of role play and case studies, as well as mock hearings such as Employment Tribunals, disciplinary and investigatory hearings.

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