Changes to Family Friendly Employment Rights

Interim Parental Payment Scheme (IPPS)

From June 28th 2020 family friendly amendments to the Employment Law come into effect giving all new parents an entitlement to take up to 52 weeks of parental leave (including 6 weeks of fully paid parental leave for both parents).

The new Family Friendly Employment Rights will replace the three existing types of leave, Maternity, Adoption and Parental with a new Parental Leave.  The amendment to the current law also includes new rights around Adoption appointments, paid leave on health & safety grounds for pregnant and breastfeeding women and new provisions for breastfeeding breaks and facilities.

IPPS is a non-statutory, interim scheme that accompanies the Employment Law changes by supporting businesses with a one-off lump sum payment to cover the equivalent of 6 weeks of proposed parental benefit for a second parent when they take paid parental leave under the new law. The scheme will run from 28 June 2020 and will expire on 31 December 2020. Employers will only be able to claim for parents who have babies that are due / adoptions that are approved during this time period and book or take parental leave

The aim of this scheme is to support both families and businesses in the fairest way possible during the temporary period when the Employment Law changes have been made but the parental benefit regulations are not yet in force.

Visit the Government of Jersey website for full details and how to apply for the Interim Parental Payment Scheme (IPPS).  You can download the guidelines here.

Further information on the Family Friendly Employment Rights at a glance can be found on the JACs website.