HR Zone Briefing #305 - Childcare Vouchers: Are They Worth It?

HRzone
Thinkstock
patward
Editor
Sift
Blogger
Share this content

================================================================
HR Briefing Issue 305 - 20 July 2006
http://www.hrzone.co.uk
================================================================

********************** Featured Sponsors ***********************
Childcare Vouchers - Significant savings for working parents and
employers
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/redirects/accor17a.html

Croner Reference book for Employers - 28 day trial
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/redirects/croner18a.html
****************************************************************

Editor's Note
=============
Childcare vouchers exempt from tax and national insurance payments
encourage many parents to return to work. Professional services firm
PricewaterhouseCoopers is a prime example. It boosted its flagging
maternity return rates from 40 per cent to 89 per cent between 2000 and
2006 by introducing the voucher scheme. But what are the hidden costs
and do they work for all types of organisations? Sarah Fletcher
reports.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/employee_benefits/

Annie Hayes MCIPD
Editor
mailto:[email protected]

Childcare Vouchers - Significant savings for working parents and
employers
/---------------------------------------------------------------
Employers who want to improve retention and accelerate the
recruitment of key staff are having to provide family friendly
benefits for their employees. Childcare Vouchers are tax and
National Insurance exempt for up to 55 pounds per week,
providing a saving of up to 1,195 pounds per year for a working
parent and around 370 pounds for the employer. As a result,
Childcare Vouchers are today the most widely used form of
employer-assisted childcare in the UK. Click here for a
comprehensive Guide to Childcare Vouchers.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/redirects/accor17b.html
---------------------------------------------------------------/

Feature of the Week:
====================
Feature: Childcare vouchers: Are they worth it?
-----------------------------------------------
Childcare vouchers are promoted as a cost effective way of improving
employee retention, but are there hidden costs? Sarah Fletcher asks
what the scheme really means for UK businesses.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/employee_benefits/

Croner Reference book for Employers - 28 day trial
/---------------------------------------------------------------
If you're an HR practitioner with responsibility for people
management issues & best practice, Croner Reference Book for
Employers will help you stay compliant by offering practical
advice and regular updates on HR legislation and employment law.
Covering over 159 subjects from recruitment to employee's rights
and remuneration Croner Reference Book for Employers is an
invaluable resource.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/redirects/croner18b.html
---------------------------------------------------------------/

More Features:
==============
Off the record: What will the smoking ban mean for our office?
--------------------------------------------------------------
A blanket ban on lighting up at work and in other public spaces has
been proposed by the government so what should employers do in
preparation for kicking the habit? Emma Capper, Associate at Reed Smith
employment law firm reports.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/157224

Colborn's Corner: Who wants a job?
----------------------------------
Quentin Colborn reports on the impact of soaring unemployment figures.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/157347

Tips and Company of the week
============================
Company of the week: Mills & Reeve
----------------------------------
Annie Hayes, HR Zone Editor spoke to Sandy Boyle, Mills & Reeve's HR
Director about why flex is best.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/employee_benefits/

HR Tip: Notice for senior staff
-------------------------------
"One of our employees told his manager to "stuff his job" and went home
before normal finishing time. We took this to mean that he had resigned
with immediate effect. However the following morning he came back to
work, apologised to his boss for being rude, and said that he did not
intend to resign. We don't want him back after this so can we safely
insist that he has left our employment?"
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/157225

Breaking News
=============
Follow the Japanese leader
--------------------------
The TUC is recommending that UK business leaders take a leaf out of the
Japanese prime minister's book and allow workers to dress casually
during the heatwave.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/157395

Workplace stress a low priority
-------------------------------
Workplace stress is a low priority for many managers, despite costing
the UK at least 3.7 billion pounds a year.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/157391

Sacked pregnant worker awarded 19k
-----------------------------------
A worker sacked when she was seven weeks pregnant has been awarded
nearly 19,000 pounds by a tribunal.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/157263

Unemployment at highest rate for six years
------------------------------------------
New government figures show that unemployment in May had risen to 5.4
per cent, its highest rate for six years.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/157218

Law lords make employers responsible for bullying
-------------------------------------------------
Five law lords have upheld a Court of Appeal decision that makes
employers liable for bullying in the workplace.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/157217

DTI pays out over whistleblowing report
---------------------------------------
A long-running dispute between the DTI and the charity Public Concern
at Work over whistleblowing legislation has ended with the DTI paying
compensation of more than 130,000 pounds for time-wasting.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/157143

For more breaking news, exclusive to HR Zone see:
http://www.hrzone.co.uk

Jobs of the Week
================
Provided by changeboard.com
The specialist human resources job board

If you would like to advertise your vacancies on Changeboard and
have access to the thousands of jobseekers using Changeboard
each day, please click here for your information pack.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/members/changeboard/

HR Change Managers
------------------
HM Prison Service
London
Cir. 40,000-60,000 GBP
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/redirects/cb41354.html

HR Account Partner
------------------
Vodafone
Newbury
Salary dependent on experience + excellent benefits
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/redirects/cb40632.html

Talent Development Consultant
-----------------------------
Yahoo!
London
Competitive salary
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/redirects/cb40721.html

In-House Recruiter
------------------
Thoughtworks
London
To 45,000 GBP + benefits
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/redirects/cb40284.html

HR Advisor
----------
Martin-Baker
Nr Uxbridge, Middlesex
40,000 GBP
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/redirects/cb40979.html

Subscription Information
========================
HR Zone publishes a range of regular newswires, including:
* HR Zone Members Newswire: latest Q&A plus business solutions
* HR Briefing: your weekly news and features round-up

The HR Zone members newswire is now available in html as well as
text.

Update your subscriptions by visiting the Profile page.
https://secure.hrzone.co.uk/profile
----------------------------------------------------------------
To unsubscribe:
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/unsubscribe
Unsubscribing can currently take up to 14 days to process.
----------------------------------------------------------------
Copyright(C) 2006 HR Zone. All rights reserved.
================================================================
HR Zone, 100 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6HZ
Tel: +44 117 915 3344 E-mail: [email protected]
http://www.hrzone.co.uk
================================================================

Replies

Please login or register to join the discussion.

There are currently no replies, be the first to post a reply.