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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.
9 Apr 2019
Employers need to take particular care when managing sickness absence during pregnancy as the legal framework protecting pregnant employees is...
5 Apr 2019
Recent research claimed that top employers’ parental policies are “invisible”, and a number have now publicly committed to publishing their...
5 Apr 2019
Shared parental leave is unaffordable for most working families and should be overhauled, according to the TUC.
Shared parental leave...
3 Apr 2019
Drinks giant Diageo has announced a new policy to offer men and women 52 weeks’ parental leave with the first...
2 Apr 2019
If a witness in a disciplinary procedure wishes to remain anonymous, how can the employer balance their privacy against the...
1 Apr 2019
Mobile network O2 has increased paid paternity leave for all permanent staff to 14 weeks, which it claimed is among...
29 Mar 2019
HR practitioners, even some line managers, know full well that an employee at risk of redundancy when they are on...
19 Mar 2019
A number of employers including Asos, IBM, Lidl and Facebook are completely ‘invisible’ when it comes to publicising their support...
18 Mar 2019
Every April, HR professionals are faced with a raft of amended employment laws and deadlines for their organisation to meet....
18 Mar 2019
LinkedIn has claimed to have revealed evidence of a “disconnect” between employers and employees over the issue of flexible work, as most working parents feel their employers are not fully open about their parental policies.
8 Mar 2019
On International Women’s Day, Lauren Touré looks at how encouraging men to share parental responsibilities can have a profound effect on female career progression.
1 Mar 2019
When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...
21 Feb 2019
A third of breastfeeding mothers returning to work are being forced to use a toilet to express milk because of...
1 Feb 2019
How should employers deal with overtime when calculating holiday pay? Does it make a difference if the overtime is voluntary,...