Maternity

Pregnant employees are entitled to take 52 weeks’ maternity leave. 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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O2’s head of HR: Equality initiatives cannot exist in a vacuum

Statistics continue to show a dearth of women in senior positions at top companies. Government needs to work with business...

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Singapore employment law: what changes are coming in 2017?

5 Dec 2016

To attract overseas business investment, Singapore has concluded an international network of trade agreements. Changes to Singapore employment law in...

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Statutory maternity pay and sick pay: 2017/18 rates announced

28 Nov 2016

The Government has published the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay...

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Premature babies and maternity leave: what’s the legal position?

25 Oct 2016

Mothers of premature babies are campaigning for statutory maternity leave to be extended where mothers give birth early. Stephen Simpson...

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Women earn £8,500 less than men by their 50s

14 Oct 2016

Women earn less than men throughout their working lives and the gap is widest in their 50s when they earn...

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Maternity, paternity and shared (grand)parental leave webinar

2 Sep 2016

ON DEMAND |What do employers need to consider when an employee or an employee's partner has a baby? Parental rights in recent years have been broadened to include the mother’s ...

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“Urgent action” needed to stop maternity discrimination

31 Aug 2016

The Women and Equalities Committee has called for “urgent action” to stop discrimination against new and expectant mothers at work....

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Workplace maternity discrimination: 10 common scenarios in tribunals

23 Aug 2016

The Citizens Advice Bureau reports that it has seen a 58% increase in the number of maternity leave queries in...

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Creating a “family feel”: supporting parents’ return to work

17 Aug 2016

Returning from maternity leave is tough. Zoe Brunswick, HR director at environmental engineering consultancy RSK and former Personnel Today Awards...

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Calculating statutory maternity pay (SMP): five tips for employers

17 Jun 2016

Statutory maternity pay (SMP) can be tricky to calculate, for example where an employee’s pay increases during her maternity leave....

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Suspending childcare vouchers during maternity leave is lawful

10 Mar 2016

Employers do not have to provide childcare vouchers during maternity leave when offered through salary sacrifice, the Employment Appeal Tribunal...

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Suspending childcare vouchers during maternity leave – EAT appeal

26 Jan 2016

Is an employer obliged to continue to provide childcare vouchers during maternity leave? The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) last week...

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Maternity leave return: five key actions for employers

8 Dec 2015

Aside from making arrangements to welcome an employee back from maternity leave and settling her into work, there are other...

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Statutory maternity pay and sick pay frozen for 2016/17

27 Nov 2015

Statutory maternity pay and statutory sick pay rates will not rise in 2016. The Government has proposed no annual increase...

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Eight important facts about employment law in Austria

16 Sep 2015

Austria offers its citizens some of the most generous holiday entitlements in the world, with some staff entitled to as...

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