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HR Update

Additional Paternity Leave
Legislation to give parents more choice and flexibility in how they use maternity and paternity leave will be introduced, giving families more choice and flexibility in how they balance work and care of children, enabling fathers to play a bigger part.

New fathers can take advantage of additional paternity leave and pay during the second six months of the child’s life, if the mother wishes to return to work with maternity leave outstanding. This aims to enable parents to share a period of paid leave between them, giving families greater flexibility in how they choose to look after their children. The changes will be introduced for parents of children due on or after 3 April 2011.

Employed fathers are currently entitled to two weeks' paid paternity leave and mothers to 52 weeks' maternity leave, of which up to 39 weeks are paid. See for further information. Employed parents are also entitled to a total of 13 weeks' unpaid parental leave until the child’s fifth birthday. Parents of children aged 16 and under have the right to request flexible working. These rights will not be affected by the introduction of additional paternity leave.

The Regulations will mean:
Fathers will be entitled to up to six months' extra leave, which can be taken once the mother has returned to work
This new provision will be available during the second six months of the child’s life, giving parents the option of dividing a period of paid leave entitlement between them;
This additional leave must be taken as one continuous period , must be for full weeks and for a period of between 2 and 26 weeks. Some of the leave may be paid if taken during the mother’s 39 week maternity pay period. This would be paid at the same rate as Statutory Maternity Pay.
Parents will be required to 'self certify' by providing details of their eligibility to their employer. Employers and HMRC will both be able to carry out further checks of entitlement if necessary.

Incentive FM Group looks to strengthen management team through training

During 2010 Incentive Group ran a program of management assessments for all its contract and central managers. The idea of the program was to assess the personal capabilities, strengths and development opportunities for each individual to help build a more effective development program for the business and the individuals involved.

The assessments were conducted by a specialist assessment team from 'The Recruitment Team' at their offices in Warwickshire. The assessments were held over four days and included psychometric tests, motivation questionnaires, verbal and numerical reasoning tests, discussion and negotiation exercises, roll play scenarios and individual interviews.

Each candidate was given face to face feedback by the recruitment team along with a detailed 20 page report showing their individual areas of strength and opportunities to develop in specific skill and knowledge areas.

For the business, knowing the strengths and development requirements of all our key management staff has enabled us to build a structured management development program specifically tailored to the micro needs of the individuals and the macro needs to develop the business as a whole. All of the Managers who attended the assessments have already attended training courses specifically tailored to meet their individual needs.

Laura Oliver, Associate Director