Maternity & paternity

Pregnant employees are entitled to take 52 weeks' maternity leave. Pregnant employees' partners are entitled to take two weeks' ordinary paternity leave provided that they have the required continuous service.

Parents with babies due on or after 5 April 2015 are entitled to take shared parental leave. Shared parental leave enables mothers to commit to ending their maternity leave and pay at a future date, and to share the untaken balance of leave and pay as shared parental leave and pay with their partner.


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Family-friendly rights: a whistle-stop tour

Shared parental leave has been in the press again of late, with a new father winning a sex discrimination claim...

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Enhancing family-friendly pay: pros and cons for employers

16 Jun 2017

Whether or not to enhance pay during maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave is a perennial dilemma for employers....

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Shared parental pay: Is refusal to match enhanced maternity pay sex discrimination?

13 Jun 2017

Darren Newman asks if an employment tribunal was correct to hold that it was...

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Election 2017: where do the parties stand on employment issues?

7 Jun 2017

As campaigning draws to a close, we run down the policies that would most influence the employment landscape

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Shared parental pay: father wins sex discrimination case

6 Jun 2017

A father whose wife was advised to return to work to combat post-natal depression has won a sex discrimination claim...

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Are fathers’ rights at work working?

1 Jun 2017

Despite the introduction of shared parental leave, employers have been slow to enhance fathers’ rights at work. John Smith, a...

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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Brexit bonfire of employment law unnecessary, say employers

4 May 2017

Employers overwhelmingly back most existing employment rights and do not believe the current employment law framework should be revised after...

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April 2017: nine key employment law changes

10 Apr 2017

Are you up to date with all this month's employment law changes? We round the nine most important legislative...

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Half of fathers would use shared parental leave

5 Apr 2017

More than half of fathers would use shared parental leave, according to a poll by charity Working Families, published two...

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Australian employment law: 10 key features

24 Mar 2017

Generous leave entitlements and a unique legal framework characterise Australian employment law. Qian Mou highlights 10 interesting aspects of workplaces...

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Government failing to act on gender pay gap recommendations

21 Feb 2017

The Government will fail to achieve its goal of eliminating the gender pay gap within a generation unless it tackles...

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Will gender pay gap reporting tackle the motherhood “pay penalty”?

20 Feb 2017

Recent research shows that the gender pay gap has significantly reduced for younger workers, but that the gap remains wide...

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