Employers have been getting creative with the perks they offer to their employees. Some have introduced puppy parental leave, some are willing to contribute up to £16,000 to the employee's wedding budget and others have focused on family friendly initiatives, including paying for female staff to get their eggs frozen, couriering breast milk home and granting up to a year of parental leave. 

However, when introducing employment related benefits, prior thought needs to be given by the employer, for example:  

  • Will it be a contractual entitlement? If so, it will be much more difficult for them to change or withdraw the benefit at a later date. 
  • Are any conditions attached? If so, care needs to be taken to ensure that such conditions are not discriminatory. 
  • What happens on termination? Clear parameters will be needed about whether the benefit is pro-rated or lost entirely.