Small charities often wish to inform employees of the statutory benefits that an eligible employee has entitlement to. These statutory benefits include:
- Maternity leave and pay
- Paternity leave and pay
- Adoption leave and pay
- Shared parental leave and pay
- Unpaid parental leave
- The right to request flexible working
- Unpaid leave for domestic emergencies with family and dependants
I have worked with many small charities and social enterprises where this information is not up to date, is incorrect or incomplete. Some of the common issues where changes have not been made are:
- Shared parental leave was introduced in April 2015 and, amongst many other things, replaces the right to additional paternity leave and pay.
- Adoption pay and leave has been brought into line with maternity pay and leave from April 2015.
- Unpaid parental leave of 18 weeks has been extended to all children under 18 years of age.
- The right to request flexible working was extended to all employees from June 2014 and the statutory procedure for considering such requests was removed.
I have worked with a number of small charities to ensure that their policies relating to these areas are up to date, reflect current legislation and provide clear and understandable guidance on statutory benefits to their employees.