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1 Family Friendly Policies Rose Cooze – HR Officer Telephone:

2 Family Friendly policies Flexible Working Maternity Leave Paternity Leave Adoption Leave Time Off for Care of Dependants Parental Leave Child Care Voucher Scheme

3 Flexible Working Policy Objective – To achieve a better balance between work and family commitments.

4 Types of Flexible Working Part Time / Reduced hours Variable Working hours Term Time only Job Share Working from Home The list is not exhaustive

5 Employer Benefits Increasing customer satisfaction as their needs are met around the clock Better staff motivation – flexibility encourages workers to feel more in control of their life and therefore happier Falling absenteeism and sickness Increased productivity Greater wellbeing among staff Increased ability to recruit and retain skilled employees

6 Employee Benefits Greater autonomy over the way in which you work Career progression and development The ability to balance work and home life The feeling of being valued and trusted to do a good job Increased motivation and creativity

7 The procedure Application submitted to Head of College Indentifying how it will impact on the role Meeting within 28 days Written decision with 14 days Right to appeal

8 Trial Period We would usually recommend a trial period Trial period between 3 – 6 months Early discussions are advisable

9 Term Time working 1) School Term times 40 weeks per year FTE 2) University Term times32 weeks per year FTE

10 Maternity Leave All female staff who are expecting a baby have the right to Maternity Leave This period counts as continuous service. Staff entitled to take up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave KIT Days – 10 Keeping in Touch days Annual leave unaffected Pension contributions continue (expect for any unpaid period) Maternity Risk Assessment undertaken by Occupational Health Nurse Reasonable time –off granted for anti-natal appointments

11 Occupational Maternity Pay and SMP You will be eligible for the Swansea University Maternity Scheme if you have 52 weeks continuous service for Swansea University by the date your baby is due You would receive: 8 weeks full pay 18 weeks at half pay, plus SMP at the lower rate of £ weeks at SMP only (£ per week) Up to 13 weeks unpaid leave

12 Paternity Leave Paternity leave can be for up to two weeks, but can only be taken in one block of either one week or two weeks. The start date for Statutory Paternity leave is flexible and does not need to be from a Sunday. Paternity leave cannot start before the actual date of childbirth and can only be taken during the 56 days after the actual date of birth or, if the child is born early, up to 56 days after the expected date of childbirth.

13 Statutory Paternity Pay The University Paternity Leave scheme provides full pay for employees for the first week of Paternity leave but for the second week SPP only will be received (£138.10). To qualify, the employee must have been continuously employed by Swansea University for not less than 26 weeks by the 15 th week before the Expected Week of Childbirth, (the ‘qualifying week’) and must continue to be employed from the qualifying week up until the baby’s birth.

14 Adoption Leave Adoption leave and pay are available to employees who adopt as individuals or to one member of a couple where the couple adopt jointly. The leave and pay are as outlined in the maternity scheme. The partner of an individual who adopts, or the other member of a couple adopting jointly, will be eligible for paternity leave and pay in accordance with the scheme set out in the previous section.

15 Time off for Care of Dependents - Unpaid Employees will be entitled to unpaid time off to deal with the following situations: a dependant falls ill, is injured or assaulted; childcare or other care arrangements break down; a child is involved in a serious incident at school or during school hours any other emergency situation which arises at short notice over which the employee has no control. 1 to 2 days should be sufficient and in any event not more than 3 days unpaid leave will be granted employees should notify their Line Manager of the reason for their absence and, its likely duration.

16 CARE OF CHRONICALLY ILL DEPENDANTS Sympathetic consideration will be given to granting unpaid time off to care for chronically ill dependants. The maximum time off will depend on the circumstances, but will not normally be more than three months. Applications should be made in writing to the HR Department.

17 COMPASSIONATE LEAVE Paid time off is available for Compassionate Leave. Up to 5 days' paid leave on the death of a dependant, or another for whom the employee is responsible for making funeral arrangements. For the death of a close friend or relative who is not a dependant time off is granted to attend the funeral

18 Term Time working 1) School Term times 40 weeks per year FTE 2) University Term times32 weeks per year FTE

19 Parental Leave Up to 13 weeks unpaid leave per child Multiples of 1 week or individual blocks Up to 4 weeks per year Request sent to HOD/HR giving at least 21 days notice

20 Childcare Voucher Scheme The University has partnered with Computershare to provide the Childcare Voucher Scheme for the benefit of staff. Salary sacrifice scheme Childcare Vouchers: Are easy to apply for; Can be used for a range of childcare providers and; Can save you up to £900 a year, depending on your tax band.

21 What could you save? Standard rate tax payers (salary less than £41,450) can sacrifice up to £243 per month = annual savings of up to £900 Higher rate tax payers (salary between £41,451 - £159, 205) can sacrifice up to £124 per month = annual savings of up to £623

22 Eligibility Any member of staff, who pays for their childcare can apply Earnings above minimum wage The child must be born at the time of application to the scheme Childcare costs from birth to 15 years old (or 16 if the child has a disability)

23 More information + To apply For more information please go to the University website (staff): esprocedures/familyfriendly/childcarevoucherscheme/ Please send any queries to a member of the Equal Opportunities team on x3687 or x2367 or via to:

24 Any Questions ?


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