Machins Solicitors LLP
Leading Solicitors in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire
  • Luton: 01582 514000
  • Berkhamsted: 01442 872311
  • Hemel Hempstead: 01442 345047

Shared Parental Leave

Shared parental leave comes into effect in April 2015 giving families more flexibility than ever before. It will enable eligible mothers, fathers, partners and adopters to choose how to share time off work after their child is born. How do we treat parents equally? How do we avoid discrimination/ unfair dismissal and other claims? This will have a huge impact for employers and we can help businesses work through the key steps and considerations you need to have in place. Read the presentation from our recent seminar 'The Parent Trap - How workplace flexibility works in practice'

Flexible Working

From 30 June 2014 all employees, provided they have 26 weeks’ continuous service, have the statutory right to request to work flexibly.  Some employers by the very nature of their business model can easily accommodate flexible working requests, but your business may find this more difficult. Flexible working is a very live issue as fuelled by social media and employers need to be prepared for this.  We can help you understand what this means for your business, help you understand the process and protect against employment claims. We understand the issues for your business and have developed a Flexible Working Policy 2014 which is available here  free of charge for you to download.  

You can read our articles on flexible working on page 42 of Inspire 07, the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce magazine here and on our website here.