Policy News Journal - 2016-17

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals ……………………………………………………………Policy News Journal

With increasing numbers of people foregoing the office and a lengthy commute in favour of working from the comfort of their own homes, Work From Home Week is a hot topic of conversation for the media and a prominent fixture in the media calendar.

For more information on how your organisation can get involved, visit the Work From Home Week website.

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Negligent employers and in-work benefits 17 January 2017

An interesting article from Unpaid Britain discusses some of the intended and unintended consequences of those employers who do not adhere to employment rights legislation.

This article looks at some of the ways in which employers’ actions, whether motivated by a desire to maximise profit, avoid scrutiny from HMRC or to circumvent National Minimum Wage legislation, can result in a knock-on effect which reduces or stops a worker’s benefit income and puts their quality of life, home and health at risk.

Topics covered are:

 Not supplying payslips  Late payment of wages  Zero Hours contracts  Deliberately avoiding liability for statutory payments.

Read the article from Unpaid Britain .

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Fathers and the workplace: Call for evidence 17 January 2017

The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry as new research reveals that many fathers do not feel supported in the workplace to care for their children.

The inquiry follows on from the Committee's report on the Gender Pay Gap in March 2016 which found that:

 Sharing care between fathers and mothers is the key to reducing the Gender Pay Gap  Many fathers want to fulfil their caring responsibilities for their children  The government’s flagship policy of Shared Parental Leave, introduced in 2015, is likely to have little impact, with a predicted take-up rate of just 2-8%. Research published by Working Families shows that:  53% of millennial fathers want to downshift into a less stressful job because they can’t balance the demands of work and family life  Twice the number of fathers compared to mothers believe that flexible workers are viewed as less committed and that working flexibly will have a negative impact on their career  Men in the UK make up only 25.8% of the part-time workforce. Part-time working is strongly associated with undertaking caring responsibilities at home  British men spend 24 minutes caring for children, for every hour done by women

Maria Miller, Chair of the Committee, said:

"Many fathers want to take a more active role in caring for their children. Our report on the Gender Pay Gap found that investing in policies that support men to share childcare equally, and allow women to continue working, will reap financial benefits as well as reducing the gender pay gap.


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