P 26NETWORK SHENETWORK Quay Consultancy Ltd is an independent consultancy serving businesses across North Wales and the North West. With 30 years experience in the field of employee relations Quay Consultancy Ltd can provide practical, workable solutions to all your staffing issues, from providing bespoke contracts of employment, staff handbooks and relevant policies and procedures to advice and support on disciplinary and grievance issues and training on the management of employee relations. I have a part- time worker who does 3 days a week - how many holidays is she entitled to? Under the Working Time Directive, workers in the UK are currently entitled to 4.8 weeks leave in the year April 2008 – March 2009. This will rise to 5.6 weeks in the year April 2009 – March 2010 and onwards. If a worker does a 5- day week they are entitled to 24 days leave. Part- time workers' holiday entitlement is calculated on a pro- rata basis, therefore, based on the information provided, your employee is due 14.4 days' annual leave for the year starting 1 April 2008. The holiday entitlement quoted above is a minimum statutory entitlement and can include public and bank holidays. A member of my staff has asked for the summer holidays off as he can't get child- care. Is he entitled to pay? The statutory Family Friendly Policies give workers entitlement to unpaid leave in certain situations. Workers with one full year's service are entitled to 13 weeks' unpaid parental leave for each child born or adopted. The leave can start once the child is born ( or placed for adoption), or as soon as they have completed a year's service, whichever is later. The leave can be taken at any time up to the child's fifth birthday ( or until five years after placement in the case of adoption) or, if the child has disabilities, the amount of leave that can be taken rises to 18 weeks up to the child's 18th birthday. So, the short answer to your question is " No". One of my staff is about to return from maternity leave. She has asked for a flexible working plan. What does this mean? Parents of children under the age of 6, or disabled children under the age of 18, have the right to applyto the company to work more flexibly. The request can cover hours of work, times of work and place of work and may include requests for different patterns of work. A company has a statutory duty to consider the request seriously but is not obliged to agree to the request. This must depend on the impact that the request would have on the business. I'm an estate agent and the credit crunch is hitting me really hard. I have a part- time member of staff that I am unfortunately going to have to make redundant. She is aged 45 and has worked for me for 14 years. How much do I have to pay her? Anyone who has either read or listened to the news recently will be aware that redundancy is once again a major issue. If you are an employer who is in the unfortunate position of having to make redundancies, there are very strict guidelines that you must follow, according to the number of people that you employ and the number that you intend to make redundant. However, the statutory redundancy payments remain the same for all workers and are calculated on a sliding scale, depending on age and completed years of service. You can pay an employee more than the statutory minimum if you wish, but you cannot pay them less. Redundancy payments are also exempt from tax and National Insurance contributions. From the information given, your employee is entitled to 16weeks statutory redundancy pay, based on her normal week's earnings. She would also be entitled to 12 weeks notice, or pay in lieu of notice, of the impending redundancy. Further information on redundancy can be obtained from the Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform website ( BERR) www. berr. gov. uk Quay Consultancy Ltd, 44 Deganwy Quay, Deganwy, Conwy LL31 9DQ Tel: 01492 573904 Mob: 07872325110 e- mail: enquiries@ quayconsultancy. co. uk web site: www. quayconsultancy. co. uk Employment law Get the right advice
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