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 November 2019: IR35, Christmas parties and PILON

Pending a review announced by chancellor Sajid Javid, reforms to the IR35 rules are due to be extended to the...

The 10 most important employment law cases in 2019

2 Dec 2019

We round up the most significant cases of the year including legal judgments on CCTV, restrictive covenants, enhancing shared parental leave, collective bargaining and more...

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Only 15 FTSE 250 firms publicise parental leave policies

19 Nov 2019

Only 15 of the organisations in the FTSE 250 are telling job candidates how much paid leave they could expect...

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What needs to change before we can close the gender pay gap

13 Nov 2019

Headline-grabbing proposals can only take us so far. Cultural shifts and changes in shared leave, maternity and paternity benefits are needed before we can truly get to grips with the gender pay gap.

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Labour promises 12 months of maternity pay

8 Nov 2019

The Labour Party has pledged to increase statutory maternity pay from nine to 12 months as part of a raft...

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Top 10 HR questions October 2019: Right to be accompanied

5 Nov 2019

Should employers give employees the right to be accompanied to meetings under a redundancy procedure?
Such a meeting could ultimately...

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Standard Life Aberdeen offers nine months’ fully paid leave for all new parents

30 Oct 2019

Standard Life Aberdeen will offer nine months’ fully paid leave from January.

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Government considering making employee references mandatory

29 Oct 2019

The government has said it will consult on the idea that employers should be required to provide, as a minimum,...

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MPs’ staff call for transfer of rights when they move offices

28 Oct 2019

MPs’ employees have called for the protection of employment rights such as sick pay and parental leave if they move between parliamentary offices.

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Jersey to offer 52 weeks’ parental leave to all parents

25 Oct 2019

New parents in Jersey will be offered up to 52 weeks’ leave in new legislation that has been described as...

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Consultation closes with huge support for family friendly transparency

11 Oct 2019

As the government consultation into whether employers should have to publish their family-related leave and flexible working policies comes to...

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Pregnant woman wins £28,000 after unfair dismissal at 20 weeks

25 Sep 2019

A woman has been awarded almost £28,000 after a tribunal found she had been unfairly dismissed at 20 weeks pregnant....

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Top 10 HR questions August 2019: term-time holiday calculations

3 Sep 2019

How should you calculate holiday pay for a term-time worker without regular hours?
A recent Court of Appeal decision, The...

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One in eight reluctant to hire women who may become pregnant

22 Aug 2019

One in eight (12%) employers would be reluctant to hire a woman who could become pregnant and one in seven...

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Top 10 HR questions July 2019: Spent convictions

5 Aug 2019

There are limits to the circumstances in which employers can take a candidate’s past criminal convictions into account when deciding...

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