On Tuesday 22nd October we held our first ever Falkirk seminar at the Falkirk Business Hub. Marianne McJannett from TC Young provided us with a comprehensive Employment Law update which took us through current employment legislation and gave us an overview of things to come.
Some of the upcoming changes included the addition of parental bereavement leave which is expected to come into force in 2020 and will be available for parents who suffer the loss of a child. Currently, there are no provisions for both parents to receive time off after the loss of a child, with only the mother being able to take her maternity leave during this time. The new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act will give all employed parents a day-one right to 2 weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Employed parents will also be able to claim pay for this period, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
Marianne also discussed menopause and how companies are taking a more proactive approach to managing menopause in the workplace and how to support staff, given that we have an aging population and that people are typically working for longer. Some of the suggestions were training for managers, creating a menopause policy and making low cost environmental changes e.g. providing desk fans on request.
We also discussed Brexit and the implications of leaving the EU with a deal or without a deal and how this could impact employers with things such as recruitment and working time regulations.
Gravitate HR Falkirk – Providing HR Support
Given that Gravitate HR has recently launched its bespoke HR services in Falkirk and Central Scotland, it was a great opportunity to meet local businesses and network with like-minded business professionals.
We look forward to running more seminars in Falkirk in the future, so watch this space!