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.


Senior partner criticises high pay for new lawyers

Senior partner at Pinsent Masons Richard Foley says six-figure salaries for newly qualified lawyers are unsustainable.

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Want to help working mothers? Focus on paternity

21 Oct 2020

What stereotypes need to be broken down before working mothers can achieve a level playing field?

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Covid-19: One in five parents treated unfairly at work

16 Oct 2020

Approximately 2.6 million parents feel they have been treated less fairly at work because of their childcare responsibilities since the...

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Personnel Today Awards 2020: Family Friendly Employer shortlist

5 Oct 2020

As we prepare to celebrate the Personnel Today Awards in November, it’s time to showcase those organisations that made the...

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Ten years of the Equality Act 2010: key cases for employers

1 Oct 2020

Ten years ago, the Equality Act 2010 consolidated discrimination laws into a single piece of legislation. We highlight 10 key...

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Calls to extend parental leave during Covid-19 rejected

9 Sep 2020

Calls to extend parental leave and pay for families because of the Covid-19 pandemic have been rejected by the government,...

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Personnel Today Awards 2020 shortlist unveiled

8 Sep 2020

The shortlist for the Personnel Today Awards 2020 has now been announced, with an array of major employers showcasing the...

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Take-up of shared parental leave still ‘exceptionally low’

7 Sep 2020

Although the use of shared parental leave increased by 23 percentage points last year only 13,100 couples applied to use the scheme.

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Major law firm allows employees to decide when and where they work

26 Aug 2020

Magic circle law firm Linklaters has announced it's revamping its flexible working policy in view of Covid-19 lessons.

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Ensure women do not lose out on maternity pay, say Labour

12 Aug 2020

The Labour party has called for the government to take urgent action to ensure that those who have been pregnant...

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Extend paid bereavement leave right beyond parents, urges CIPD

21 Jul 2020

The right to bereavement leave and pay should be extended to all employees experiencing a close family bereavement, not just...

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MP’s bid to protect women from unfair redundancy gets over first hurdle

10 Jul 2020

Maria Miller's proposals aim to bolster rights of women on maternity leave, who are often considered an easy target for redundancy.

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Top UK employers urged to disclose parental leave and pay

6 Jul 2020

Employers warned they could lose out on the best talent if they do not include transparency over family friendly working arrangements.

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One in four working carers consider leaving job

24 Jun 2020

A quarter of working carers have considered giving up their job as they are unable to balance their career and...

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‘Horrible, complex’ flexible furlough guidance unveiled

15 Jun 2020

From 1 July employees will no longer have to be furloughed for a minimum period of three weeks: new guidance from HM Revenue and Customs.

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