Family-friendly working

Employees have a number of fundamental family-friendly rights in the workplace. These include the right to maternity leave, paternity leave, and adoption leave. Shared parental leave is available to parents of children due on or after 5 April 2015, and adopters where the child is placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. Ordinary parental leave is a type of unpaid leave that can be taken until the child’s 18th birthday.

From 30 June 2015, the right to request flexible working was extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ qualifying service. Prior to this date, it was available to parents of young children and carers. All employees are also entitled to take a reasonable amount of time off work “to take action which is necessary” in relation to the care of certain dependants.


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Bill for paid parental bereavement leave is launched

Parents who have suffered the death of a child will receive statutory paid leave to grieve, under a new law...

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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

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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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Making the most of your gender pay gap report

27 Feb 2017

With the gender pay gap reporting Regulations coming into force in April, it is critical that HR teams can understand...

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Dads face negative bias in quest for work-life balance

22 Feb 2017

Fathers face a negative bias when seeking a better work-life balance or applying for part-time employment, a new study suggests....

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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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Four key actions to tackle a gender pay gap

14 Feb 2017

New rules on gender pay gap reporting simply compel employers to publish details of their pay gap on an annual...

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Winter weather and work: five common employer queries

13 Jan 2017

With large parts of the UK having experienced heavy snowfall, we answer five common questions from employers on the workplace...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2016

30 Nov 2016

What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2016? Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments...

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Talking Talent crowned Consultancy of the Year 2016

22 Nov 2016

The Consultancy of the Year award celebrates the important contribution made by external experts to the success of HR in...

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Employers should be aware that indirect sex discrimination claims have brought by men whose flexible working requests were rejected.

The rise of flexible working

18 Nov 2016

With flexible working requests set to increase, including from men, how should employers respond? Jane Wheeler, partner at Hine Legal,...

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Flexible working requests: common employer pitfalls

15 Nov 2016

More than a quarter of women polled in a recent survey by Workingmums had their flexible working request turned down,...

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High earners more likely to work flexibly, says Working Families

5 Oct 2016

High-earning parents are far more likely to work flexibly than those who earn below £40,000, research by the charity Working...

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Working carers: only one-third of employers offer support

6 Jun 2016

Employers are being urged to put processes in place to assist working carers, as research reveals that only one-third (34%)...

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