Caroline Essex: Changes to pensions

Employers should be aware that, in October 2012, there will be a number of changes to obligations relating to employees’ pensions. Currently, if a business has five or more employees, then it must provide access to a stakeholder pension scheme, but the business is under no obligation to make any pension contributions. However, when the…

Proposed extension to maternity leave and paternity leave Any new father will agree that two weeks paternity leave is just not long enough to fully experience the early months of his child’s life. In acknowledgement of this and upon the realisation that the modern family’s working pattern has changed considerably in the last few decades,…

Caroline Essex: Changes to employment law in April 2011

This April there was a wide range of changes due to be introduced in employment law.  However, not all of the changes originally proposed for implementation this April will in fact be coming into force.  So, what is and what isn’t happening this April? What’s not coming into force? The Bribery Act 2010 will now…

Caroline Essex: Employees shouldn’t bank on the Royal holiday

Before buying their Will and Kate flags and their commemorative crockery, some employees will need to check their Employment Contracts and Handbooks to find out if they will be entitled to receive the extra ‘Royal Wedding’ bank holiday. In case you have been living on the moon recently, Prince William, the 2nd in line to…