Following the States of Guernsey's decision to introduce
legislation dealing with family rights during the next 12 months,
offshore law firm Carey Olsen's employment team has advised HR
and business professionals on the various aspects of the
At a recent Carey Olsen seminar, Advocate Elaine Gray and senior
associate Rachel Richardson outlined the relevant employment family
rights in the workplace policies including flexible working,
maternity and paternity leave, adoption leave, dependants'
leave and sex discrimination.
The lawyers advised that, while companies were expected to apply
resources to provide customers with round-the-clock access to goods
and services, a balance needed to be struck as to how this was
achievable in the face of forthcoming legislation.
The law firm's employment experts also reviewed the changing
commercial landscape and its impact on family life citing the
increasing trend of two working parents and the increase in single
working parents as two key factors that shape working life for the
majority of families in 2014.
Ms Richardson noted that employers in Guernsey are not currently
bound by any statutory obligation to provide maternity, paternity,
adoption or dependents' leave but advised that it was best
practice to have policies that covered these issues ahead of the
"Employers can find solutions that work for both the
business and the working parents and ensuring proper procedures are
in place may actually boost employee productivity and
motivation," she said.
Maternity leave is one component of the family rights
legislation package expected to be brought in this year.
Advocate Gray discussed current best practice regarding
paternity, adoption and dependents' leave, with paternity and
adoption rights expected to be included within the new
"Although the final shape of the legislation is not yet
known, it's important for employers to be aware of best
practice in relation to dealing with issues such as paternity
leave, adoption leave and flexible working in order to best prepare
for the legislation," said Advocate Gray.
The breakfast briefing was the last in a series of employment
seminars from Carey Olsen. Further details about the firm's
next employment events will be available shortly.
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