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.


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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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Labour pledges to give gig workers the same rights as employees

11 Sep 2018

The Labour party would give gig economy workers the same rights as employees – including sick pay, parental leave and...

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Top 10 HR questions August 2018 – Brexit and executive pay ratios

4 Sep 2018

While progress has been made in some areas of the Brexit negotiations, including agreement on the rights of EU citizens...

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Five lesser known maternity rights women must be aware of

20 Aug 2018

With statistics suggesting autumn is the most popular season to give birth, Beverley Sunderland clarifies some lesser known maternity rights...

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Shared parental leave: removing financial barriers could encourage uptake

9 Aug 2018

UCL research suggests that shared parental leave is failing, with financial implications and strict eligibility creating barriers...

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Paternity leave uptake falls for first time in five years

7 Aug 2018

The number of new fathers taking paternity leave fell for the first time in five years last year, while almost...

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Supporting LGBT staff: Family-friendly leave for same-sex couples

26 Jul 2018

When LGBT workers look to start a family, there are numerous rights and entitlements employers must be aware of. Hollie...

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Employment regs: what happened to the ones that got away?

20 Jun 2018

Keeping on top of employment law developments can feel like a full-time job for HR professionals, but that’s just the...

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A quarter of new fathers unable to claim statutory paternity pay

15 Jun 2018

One in four (23%) men who became a father last year were not eligible to receive statutory paternity pay.
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Employers urged to publicise shared parental leave policies

7 Jun 2018

Organisations with 250 staff or more are being urged to publish their shared parental leave policies on their websites to...

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So… can employers enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay?

6 Jun 2018

Recent tribunal decisions have provided some guidance on the legalities of offering enhanced maternity but not enhanced shared parental pay....

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Jeremy Hunt vows to close NHS doctors gender pay gap

29 May 2018

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a review into how NHS doctors are paid in a bid to close the...

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Uber to give drivers medical cover, sick pay and other benefits

24 May 2018

Uber is to introduce numerous protections for its drivers through a new insurance scheme, including sick pay and maternity and...

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