The government is considering whether increasing transparency of family friendly policies could lead to job applicants having greater clarity, certainty and understanding of employer’s policies. This could mean a new requirement for employers to publish their family related (parental) leave and pay and flexible working policies.
Keeping work flexible
On top of this, government are seeking views on whether there should be a requirement for employers to assess and state when advertising whether jobs can be done on a flexible basis. This could require employers to write a statement about the organisation’s approach to place, hours and times of work in job adverts. It could also involve employer’s recording whether they have previously advertised jobs as open to flexible working.
Statutory Neonatal Leave and Pay
It also looks at whether the UK should introduce statutory Neonatal Leave and Pay to support parents who struggle to balance employment with the challenges brought by having a baby in neonatal care. Neonatal Leave and Pay would be a new, additional entitlement, on top of maternity, paternity, and shared parental leave and pay. The government proposes to give parents of babies admitted to neonatal care following birth an additional week of statutory leave and pay for each week that their child is in hospital. This could be restricted to parents whose baby or babies have been in neonatal care for two weeks or more.
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