Policy News Journal - 2014-15

Antenatal appointments: time off to accompany a pregnant woman

16 September 2014

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have confirmed that from 1 October 2014, expectant fathers, or the partner of a pregnant woman, will be entitled to take unpaid time off work to attend antenatal appointments with their partner. They have issued a guidance booklet for employers.

This new BIS guide for employers includes information on:

 who is entitled  how much time an employee can take off  an employee’s right to redress if their request for time off is refused

Changes to rules about director disqualification

17 September 2014

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) have published a document clarifying how the rules for disqualification of company directors will change as a result of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill currently progressing through Parliament.

The BIS document explains that, among other changes, the new legislation:

 provides new grounds for disqualification, including for convictions of certain offences overseas and instructing an unfit director  provides for compensation to be sought in certain circumstances from disqualified directors  amends the factors that must be taken into account when determining whether a person is unfit to act as a director  extends the period for applying for a disqualification order after a corporate insolvency from 2 to 3 years.

How to achieve the perfect work-life balance?

24 September 2014

Getting the perfect work-life balance is equivalent to discovering the Holy Grail for many people - and is often deemed unobtainable or near impossible to achieve.

However, a forward-thinking company based in Amsterdam, Holland, believe they may just have found the answer.

Many thanks to HR Grapevine for their report on a story which seems perfectly synchronised with “go home on time day” on 24 September.

Maybe we should all celebrate and learn from the introduction of the ‘disappearing office’. Each evening, at 6pm, the desks in the office are lifted into the ceiling, along with the computers and anything else that happens to be on the desk at that time.

The design studio, Heldergroen, think the concept will reinforce a stronger work-life balance for its employees, according to lifestyle publication, TrendHunter.

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