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Work-life balance – Legislation

New! Information about Child Tax Credits!

From April 2005, changes will take place to extend tax and National Insurance breaks currently available on workplace nurseries to all forms of registered and approved childcare. See here for an Inland Revenue factsheet for employers and here for other Inland Revenue links to guidance and advice.

Advice for Organisations
See Current legislation for a brief update of the recent and forthcoming legislation.

For an employer’s guide to tax credits, see this leaflet by the Inland Revenue

Also see the Inland Revenue tool for calculating maternity pay

The TUC’s Changing Times guide sets out a step-by-step guide to implementing work-life balance strategies which will benefit both employer and employee and will enhance productivity and efficiency.

Members of The Work Foundation benefit from an exclusive Member Information Service, giving immediate access to independent authoritative advice, including an employment law specialist, as well as the chance to network with other organisations and decision makers and access to The Work Foundation’s authoritative research knowledge.

More information on ‘right to request’
New rights for working parents were introduced on 6 April, 2003, giving parents with children under six the right to request a flexible working pattern. The rights also impacted upon maternity, paternity and adoption leave. See the Government’s Working Parents site

Information on Working Time Directive
Information on the Working Time Directive is available on the DTI site here. They have also conducted research about the impact of the directive, summarised here.

Adivce for Individuals
A new service from Flexecutive, FlexRequest™, has been developed to help employers comply with the flexible working legislation. The system takes employees requesting flexible working through the implications to their role and the company, and then their manager can review the details and decide.

The TUC’s Worksmart site is a one-stop shop for information about working life, which includes information for individuals about their rights at work, keeping well at work and their pension.

Where to next?
Current legislation
WLB progress


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