DWP Employer News - September 2014
28 August 2014
The Connection Vouchers Scheme has been launched in 22 cities to help SMEs access faster and better broadband. The scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 to cover capital connection costs and is administered by the 22 cities through over 420 registered suppliers. Benefits of taking a voucher include growth and access to new markets through better communication with customers and suppliers, increased security through fast secure back-up of data, and increased productivity and improved customer service through faster upload and download speeds. The scheme remains open for applications until 31 March 2015.
Part of SuperConnected Cities, one of 3 key projects comprising the SuperFast Britain programme, the Government has invested over £1billion, administered by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), to transform Britain with enhanced broadband and mobile infrastructure.
Shared Parental Leave
The Government is reforming the statutory pay and leave entitlements available to employed parents. For babies due on or after 5 April 2015, a new entitlement of Shared Parental Pay and Leave (ShPP/SPL) will replace Additional Statutory Paternity Pay and Leave (ASPP/APL). This aims to help businesses keep their best talent and allow employers to recruit with confidence, as it is hoped that employees will be less likely to drop out of the workforce when they have children. Further information is available in an employer guide.
'Get In, Go Far' is a new national advertising and marketing campaign showcasing the variety and quality of apprenticeships on offer. Full information about the campaign can be found at: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
Free help with management challenges - to make you a great employer
Recruiting and managing staff can be a challenge on top of running your business. But Acas can help - look at theirstep-by-step guides on your legal requirements as an employer.
Risks and opportunities from homeworking
Whatever your view on where staff can work most effectively, there is no denying homeworking is on the increase. To help employers and employees deal with the implications of working from home, clear guidance is on the Acas A-Z pages, and limitedtrainingplaces are still available on flexible working and managing remote workers.