What’s coming up in DART release 2.4 – Part 1
We thought it would be great to share some updates on what is coming up on the next DART HR Software release 2.4. Well, in summary it has statutory changes, primarily to support Shared Parental Leave (SPL) which was introduced in April this year. Along with SPL, we have some fabulous new features requested by our client base (more on this is a forthcoming news item!).
Let us start with the SPL, what do we know about SPL; well, it is an opportunity for parents to receive the benefit of additional flexibility for the way they choose to care for a new member to their family. This is for babies due on or after 5 April 2015 or in the case of an adoption, the adoption of a child is on or after 5 April 2015.
Are your employees eligible for SPL?
Well, to qualify for SPL, your employee must share responsibility for the child with one of the following:
- their husband, wife, civil partner or joint adopter
- the child’s other parent
- their partner (if they live with them)
Your employee or their partner must be eligible for maternity pay or leave, adoption pay or leave or Maternity Allowance.
They must also:
- have worked for you continuously for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the due date (or date they are matched with their adopted child)
- still be employed by you while they take SPL
- give you the correct notice including a declaration that their partner meets the employment and income requirements which allow your employee to get SPL
If your employee is eligible for SPL they can use it to take leave in blocks instead of taking it all in one go.
How will DART manage SPL?
Within DART we help you record that the SPL leave has been or will be taken. You can store any SPL declaration’s that are given to you from your employee and record any blocks of leave that is taken or to be taken. You can view the absence and declaration under the Manage Employee Absence part of DART.
In addition to the new windows in DART, the information will be recorded and displayed on the employee calendar so you and your managers can forecast any planned SPL and cover any work planned.
Regardless of what role your employee has with the new child, all cases can be recorded simply in DART!
You can create a new employee absence of SPL, if a declaration doesn’t already exist you will be asked to create one. You can import any supporting documentary evidence that you have been given from your employee into the DART database.
Just like all the features we put into DART, you can report on, import to, and secure the new functionality enabling you to utilise the system to its full capabilities.
We have spoken to many of our clients about SPL and the potential numbers of employees that may take advantage to this statutory choice, we were surprised that few believed their employees would be exercising their rights to the new legislation. If you have any views on SPL that you wish to share with us, our product manager Louise Pearson would love to hear from you (Louise.Pearson@CirrusIT.com)
There is more detailed information on SPL found on the HMRC website: