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.


Top 10 HR questions January 2019: Holiday pay, overtime and tax on exit payments

How should employers deal with overtime when calculating holiday pay? Does it make a difference if the overtime is voluntary,...

How has Brexit impacted employment legislation?

1 Feb 2019

The number of business-related laws passed in 2018 fell by 27%, according to research by Thomson Reuters. With civil service...

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Flexible working

Flexible working has plateaued, study finds

14 Jan 2019

The number of people using flexible working arrangements has flatlined since 2010, despite the right to request flexibility being extended...

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Six employment law decisions that will shape 2019

11 Jan 2019

Which employment law decisions will shape 2019? We outline six of the most significant cases in the pipeline – from...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2018

11 Jan 2019

As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what...

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Five things to know about family leave in 2019

10 Jan 2019

The area of family rights will continue to be a hot topic in 2019, both in terms of new cases...

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2019 employment law: eight changes to look out for

21 Dec 2018

Although Brexit dominates the news, there will be a number of important employment law developments in 2019. Clio Springer sets...

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What should employers consider when publishing parental leave and pay policies?

18 Dec 2018

The government said in October that it plans to consult on the former employment relations minister Jo Swinson’s bill to...

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One-HR employment law review (webinar)

4 Dec 2018

Last chance to book your place: 6 December 2018 at 2pm. Barrister Kevin Charles scrutinises the latest developments in employment law including whistleblowing, minimum wage and more...

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Single parents are largest underutilised talent pool in UK

30 Nov 2018

Single parents are the most underutilised major pool of talent in the UK, with almost 200,000 unemployed, according to a...

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2019 statutory pay rates revealed

26 Nov 2018

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

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Two thirds of dads take six months’ shared parental leave at Aviva

20 Nov 2018

Enhancing shared parental pay to the same level as maternity pay has been shown to help lead to a dramatically...

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Proposed requirement to publish family-friendly policies: implications for employers

22 Oct 2018

The government is exploring the possibility of a new law requiring employers with more than 250 employees to publish details...

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Ten employers publish parental leave and pay policies

27 Sep 2018

Ten major employers have agreed to publish their parental leave and pay policies online.

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UK’s most family-friendly workplaces revealed

12 Sep 2018

The charity Working Families has published a list of the UK’s most family-friendly workplaces.
The top ten employers include banks,...

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