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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.
2 Aug 2019
Amid all the political turmoil in July, employers will be forgiven for missing a flurry of proposed new employment laws...
25 Jul 2019
The legal protections for pregnant women and new mothers are to be extended to six months after they return to...
19 Jul 2019
Parents of premature babies could be entitled to one week of paid leave for every week their baby is in hospital.
11 Jul 2019
A third of people believe parental leave should be shared equally, according to a major survey, while only 12% think...
2 Jul 2019
A care assistant who was dismissed has been awarded more than £35,000.
24 Jun 2019
Theresa May could offer fathers 12 weeks’ paid paternity leave as one of her ’legacy’ policies before she leaves office as Prime Minister.
16 Jun 2019
Almost a quarter (23%) of new fathers did not qualify for statutory paid paternity leave last year, either because they...
31 May 2019
JPMorgan Chase will pay $5m to settle a discrimination claim filed by a male employee in the US
28 May 2019
The Court of Appeal has ruled that employers can enhance maternity pay, while only offering statutory shared parental pay for fathers.
24 May 2019
A woman has won a claim of unfair dismissal and discrimination after resigning from her job because of her employer's attitude toward her pregnancy.
21 May 2019
The government is accused of dragging its feet over protections for new mothers as a private member's bill is introduced in the House of Commons...
20 May 2019
Denmark has some of the most generous parental leave and childcare support schemes in the world. But have these had...
15 May 2019
Employers need to do “far more” to protect the health and wellbeing of pregnant staff, with travel commitments and irregular...
9 May 2019
The Court of Appeal has heard two cases that consider whether it is discriminatory for employers to enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay