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Parents and carers in the workplace

Maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, parental leave, time off for dependents, the right to flexible working, the rights of carers - just where do you stand as an employer and how can you best balance the family commitments of your staff with the needs of your business?

The law regarding parental leave is complex, and is set to undergo further changes as a result of current government consultations. These changes could mean greater flexibility for parents to take leave when a child is born, and are likely to mean that employers will need to rethink how they manage staff who are parents or carers.

It's widely acknowledged that a good work-life balance makes for a happier and more productive workforce. As an employer, it's important to set out your company's parental leave provisions to ensure that all employees know exactly what they are entitled to and are able to plan ahead effectively. It's also crucial for employers to think strategically about just how best to help employees balance work and family commitments through flexible working practices.

Acas can visit yourorganisationto help you understand what needs to be done to address a range of issues related to parents and carers and then work with you to develop practical solutions, including provisions for flexible working.  Visit the Acas training and business solutions page for more information.

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