This April sees a number of employment law changes come into effect that will have an impact on all employers. HR departments should ensure that they update their policies and procedures in accordance with the new laws. Personnel Today sets out More...27 March 2013 11:17
Employers that follow good practice in maternity can improve the experience of pregnant employees and new mothers and encourage them to return to work following maternity leave. (See The business case for good practice in maternity ) More...26 March 2013 00:01
This line manager briefing covers the basic rights of employees who become pregnant and take maternity leave. A second briefing Line manager briefing on maternity rights that apply in specific situations covers situations that may arise More...26 March 2013 00:01
This line manager briefing covers a number of challenging situations that may arise as a result of an employee's pregnancy or maternity leave, but will not be relevant to every pregnancy or period of maternity leave. A second briefing, Line  More...26 March 2013 00:01
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Ensure that employees are not denied a pay rise that they would have received had they not been on maternity leave.
Make a clear decision as to the am More...26 March 2013 00:01
Summary Click on any of the hyperlinks to go to more detailed guidance below. Be aware that the maternity legislation provides that "reasonable contact" during maternity leave is permitted. Take into account that what is "reasonable" contac More...26 March 2013 00:00
Parents will be entitled to 18 weeks' unpaid parental leave per child from 8 March 2013, an increase from the current 13 weeks. Both men and women are entitled to parental leave, relating to dependents under the age of five. For each child who receiv More...04 March 2013 16:25
Employers and working families have been asked for their input on the detail of how the new system for shared parental leave will work.
An initial consultation, launched today, will look at how the current arrangements for maternity and paternity le More...25 February 2013 16:20
The Government has today published the Children and Families Bill, which includes reforms to the way in which parents can share maternity leave as well as the extension of the right to request flexible working.
Under the new system of shared parental More...05 February 2013 15:34
With the Government's proposals for easier sharing of parental leave between partners, Occupational Health magazine looks at how businesses might be affected. In Nick Clegg's dream world, new mums and dads would split parental leave equitably and tak More...25 January 2013 16:16
Government sets out timetable for employment law changes
Friday 15 March 2013 14:42
The Government has set out a number of forthcoming legal amendments due to take place as a result of its employment law review, which set out to an More...02 January 2013 05:57
Changes to the adoption system will involve allowing prospective adoptive parents the right to take time off work to meet the children they are adopting, as well as increasing paid leave to bring it in line with that offered to biological parents. Th More...24 December 2012 11:50
As the nation celebrates news of another royal baby in the making, all eyes will be on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge over the coming months to see exactly what kind of parents they will be, both in the run-up to the birth and afterwards.
For Pri More...06 December 2012 15:32
Business and employers' groups have welcomed proposals to overhaul the family-friendly leave system and enable women to share maternity leave with their partners in order to help working families. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg unveiled the plans, More...13 November 2012 12:39
Plans to allow parents to share maternity leave entitlement will be delayed until October 2015 due to fears over the impact that they will have on businesses.
This is according to today's report by the Daily Telegraph on the Government's prop More...12 October 2012 13:55
Many employers continue to be incredibly nervous when navigating the myriad of potential legal issues surrounding maternity and the existence of various employment law myths simply add to the confusion. Examine each of the below statements and More...24 August 2012 07:31
As part of its Modern Workplaces consultation, the Government has proposed to amend the Working Time Regulations (WTR) to allow workers who fall ill during their annual leave to reschedule or carry over up to four weeks' statutory annual leave to the ne More...31 July 2012 14:42
HSBC claims to be the first large corporate employer in the UK to guarantee part-time work when parents return after maternity or paternity leave. The bank has announced that it will offer a part-time role equivalent to 2.5 days per week so that st More...12 March 2012 11:04
The Government has confirmed that it is to postpone the extension of the right to unpaid parental leave until 2013 due to the ongoing development of its Modern Workplaces policy.
Under the Parental Leave Directive, the parents of a child u More...20 January 2012 16:14
Every year brings with it some important new employment legislation for the employer to negotiate. Whether related to unfair dismissal, pensions, employment tribunals or redundancy, 2012 presents new legislation relevant to all organisations, large or s More...20 December 2011 00:01