Family Friendly Policies and Supporting Diversity

At a time where competing for top performing employees in the marketplace has become the norm and agile working is a necessity. Should we be considering creative and innovative ways to attract new candidates and retain existing employees?

Supporting inclusion and embracing diversity is often the key to unlocking new and innovative ways of working.

Having imaginative and open attitudes to overcoming business barriers often produces surprisingly positive outcomes – and why wouldn’t we want to support the parents of our next generation of employees?

To be compliant does not need to be difficult – it’s often just a case of common sense and being diligent. For example during:-

  • The recruitment and selection process
  • When considering job role changes, promotions, secondments and succession planning
  • Training and development opportunities – and remember the annual appraisal process
  • Remuneration to include salary, bonus/commission awards and benefits
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Managing absence

There are many types of family friendly policies:-

  • Maternity Leave
  • Adoption Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Parental and Shared Parental Leave
  • Dependents Leave
  • Flexible Working

It is also important to remember your legal obligations, as many of these policies are covered by the Equality Act, referred to as ‘Protected Characteristics’, making it illegal to discriminate on the grounds of:-

Protected Characteristics

Age Disability
Gender Reassignment Marriage & Civil Partnership
Pregnancy & Maternity Race
Religion or Belief Sex
Sexual Orientation

Would You Know What To Do If…

  • You were asked to conduct a maternity risk assessment?
  • There is a pay or appraisal review whilst your employee is on maternity leave?
  • You have a vacancy or the department is being restructured whilst a team member is absent?
  • You receive a request to take parental leave following adoption leave?
  • You were asked by an employee to take their KIT days?

What Is Most Important Is To Always Act Fairly And Consistently.

We’re here to help. Contact us for early advice and consultation with a seasoned expert.