ELA response to Good Work Plan: Proposals to support families

Monday, July 22, 2019

The government is seeking views on proposals to better support parents to balance work and family-life.

One consultation seeks views on the overall approach to parental leave and pay. It asks how the government should prioritise and balance the different levels of support and ensure that parental leave and pay arrangements continue to meet the needs of parents and their employers.

Another consultation seeks views on proposals to offer more support to a particular group who face distinct challenges in staying in or returning to work. It proposes new support for parents of babies requiring neonatal care through statutory Neonatal Leave and Pay. This would support this group of parents to balance employment with the challenges brought by having a baby in neonatal care.

A further consultation looks at flexible working, and transparency of family friendly policies.

Further information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/good-work-plan-proposals-to-support-families

ELA’s Legislative & Policy Committee will be responding to the consultations and would like to invite ELA members to join the working party which will draft our responses. We welcome applications from all members, including junior lawyers i.e. NQs to 3 PQE. The first deadline for submissions to these consultations is 11 October, so volunteers will need to have availability during August and September to work on ELA’s response.

Please reply by 5pm on 30 July 2019, if you are interested in being involved.

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How ELA working parties work
A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.

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