Data file: Working parents

The series which gives the basics
on key areas of employment legislation

The hard facts

Employment Rights Act 1996
Section 57a: Time off
for Dependants (as inserted by the Employment Relations Act 1999)

Part VIII, sections 71-80:
Maternity and Parental Leave (as inserted by the Employment Relations Act 1999)

Employment Relations Act 1999
Schedule 4, Part I:
Maternity and Parental Leave

Schedule 4, Part II: Time
off for Dependants
www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1999/19990026.htm

Maternity and Parental Leave etc
Regulations 1999

Part II: Maternity Leave
Part III: Parental Leave
www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/si/si1999/19993312.htm

Reading around the subject

Maternity Leave

– Basic guide to current maternity
rights: www.dti.gov.uk/er/matleafr.htm
 
– Information guide for employees and employers on maternity leave, setting out
the key facts and explaining current legislation: www.dti.gov.uk/er/MATERNITY%20BOOKLET.pdf
  

A "good practice
guide" for employers, entitled How to manage maternity in the workplace: www.eoc.org.uk/Gpmat.pdf

Brief summary of rights,
with a link to the regulations: www.incomesdata.co.uk/brief/maternity.htm
 

Parental Leave
A summary of the
parental leave regulations and the rights of an employee are set out in two DTI
website addresses, www.dti.gov.uk/er/intguid1.htm
 and www.dti.gov.uk/er/parental.htm

– An information guide for employees and employers on parental leave, setting
out the key facts and explaining the current legislation:
www.dti.gov.uk/er/PARENTAL%20BOOKLET.pdf

– General guide to parental leave rights: www.eoc.org.uk/html/parental_leave.html
– A "good practice guide" for employers, entitled "How to manage
arrangements in the workplace for parental leave and leave for
dependants": www.eoc.org.uk/html/gpg_parental-leave.html
– Brief summary of rights, with a link to the regulations: www.incomesdata.co.uk/brief/maternity.htm

Summary of rights,
providing additional sources of information:
www.tuc.org.uk/tuc/rights_timeoff.cfm

Time off for dependants

– Short summary of rights: www.dti.gov.uk/er/timeoff.htm  
– An information guide for
employees and employers on the right for time off for dependants: www.dti.go.uk/er/DEPENDANTS%20BOOKLET.pdf
  

– Summary of rights: www.tuc.org.uk/tuc/rights_timeoff.cfm
 

In the news

– Green paper: Work and Parents:
Competitiveness and Choice: www.dti.gov.uk/er/g_paper/index.htm
www.nds.coi.gov.uk/coi/coipress.nst –

Government press releases
www.news.bbc.co.uk
PLC Magazine, Volume XII
(2001) January/February, article entitled "Family Friendly Policies"

Other sources

www.acas.org.uk
Acas

www.cbi.org.uk
Confederation of British Industry

www.dfee.gov.uk Department of Education and
Employment

www.dti.gov.uk Department of Trade and
Industry

www.employersforwork-lifebalance.org.uk
Employers for Work-Life Balance

www.eoc.org.uk
Equal Opportunities Commission

www.flametree.co.uk/work/your-rights
Site advocating a work-life balance

www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk
Contains Acts of Parliament and Statutory Instruments

www.nfpi.org.uk
National Family and Parenting Institute

www.tuc.org.uk
Trades Union Congress

www.ukonline.co.uk
Government online information service

Useful contact details

Department of Trade and Industry :
Helpline for Maternity Rights, Parental Leave and Time off for Dependants:  020-7215 6207 Email: nicola.dissem@IRDV.dti.gov.uk

Equal Opportunities Commission:
General telephone number: 0161-833 9244 Email: info@eoc.org.uk

By Sarah
Keeble and Rebecca Ford at Olswang, www.olswang.com

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