Flexible Working/Additional Paternity Leave

20th March 2011
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Government Guidelines - Flexible Working Hours

The Government extend the right to request Flexible Working Hours and confirm additional Paternity Leave Regulations will remain in force.

The Government has confirmed that the Additional Paternity Leave Regulations, implemented earlier this year by the Labour Government, will remain in force.

Additional Paternity Leave will effect parents of children due on or after 3rd April 2011 and will give employed fathers the right to take up to 6 months’ extra leave when the mother returns to work.

In August the Department for Business was considering whether or not the regulations should be scrapped. However the Government has now confirmed that the Additional Paternity Leave Regulations will remain in force as an interim measure for encouraging shared parenting from the early stages of pregnancy.

Daven Naghen, head of our Employment Law Team, said “Now that it is known for sure that the Additional Paternity Leave provisions will be going ahead in April 2011, women who are pregnant now are planning with their partners for next April. They will have the benefit of the flexibility that the Additional Paternity Leave Regulations allow. However employers now need to prepare their policies on Additional Paternity Leave so that they are in place for April 2011.

Paternity Leave Regulations will remain in Force

The announcement on Additional Paternity Leave Regulations was also made part of the plans of the Government to extend the right to request flexible working to parents of children aged under 18 years of age.  Currently the right to request flexible working is available to parents of children aged under 17 and disabled children under 18, and carers of certain adults.  The Government believes that this extension could effect a further 288,000 employees.  The Government has also announced that later this year there will be a year of consultation on the possibility of extending the right to flexible working to all employees.  Watch this space for more information!

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Dementia Friends

Maples Solicitors are proud to announce that they have now joined to become Dementia Friends which is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative.

The private client department of Maples Solicitors prepare Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney on a regular basis and this often involves dealing with clients who are suffering from dementia. The private client team pride themselves on spending as much time as is necessary to assist all of their clients, but those suffering from dementia often require additional assistance and time to ensure that they have fully understood the legal documentation that they are creating. The private client department are regularly complimented on the way they deal with such clients, whether this be explaining things to them in a clear and uncomplicated manner, spending time with them or putting them at ease.

It is a misconception that anyone suffering from dementia cannot make a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney. Only if someone lacks sufficient mental capacity are they unable to make such a document. It is therefore vitally important upon any diagnosis of dementia that legal advice is taken as soon as possible to make sure that your affairs are in order so that it is easier for your family to deal with your affairs if you are unable to do so yourself.

To become Dementia Friends, Maples Solicitors have pledged to develop their understanding of dementia and continue assisting clients suffering from dementia with their legal affairs in a respectful, friendly and efficient way that is not daunting making the process as easy as possible.

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