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.


Government launches shared parental leave campaign after just 2% take-up

The Government has launched a campaign to promote shared parental...

Why supporting all carers benefits men, women and business

9 Feb 2018

Recent research showing how women and men continue to struggle to achieve the right balance between their work and family...

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Emergency blood couriers recognised as employees

8 Feb 2018

Couriers delivering emergency blood supplies have won full employment rights in an out-of-court settlement with pathology company The Doctors Laboratory...

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Taylor review: Government pledges to enforce day-one rights for workers

7 Feb 2018

The Government has vowed to enforce workers’ rights from their first day in a job, in response to the recommendations...

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More protection needed against sexual harassment by third parties

23 Jan 2018

The law should be strengthened to protect women from sexual harassment by third parties, as well as colleagues, a gender...

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Council offers extra maternity leave to mothers of premature babies

3 Jan 2018

A London council is to offer extra maternity and paternity leave to all staff who become parents to premature babies....

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Eight employment law cases that will shape 2018

28 Dec 2017

We round up eight significant employment law decisions expected in 2018, with cases due on employment status in the gig...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2017

13 Dec 2017

The last year has been a very significant one for employment case law. Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most...

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Top 10 HR questions November 2017: Gender pay gap reporting looms large

7 Dec 2017

Employers have just under five months left to publish their gender pay gap reports. Most employers covered by the gender...

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New statutory pay rates for maternity, paternity, shared parental leave, adoption and sickness

27 Nov 2017

The Government has published the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay...

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Aviva announces enhanced shared parental leave policy for all employees

27 Nov 2017

Insurance company Aviva has announced that all employees – regardless of gender, sexual orientation or how they became a parent ...

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Pregnant women and new mothers need more legal protection

7 Nov 2017

A charity has called for greater legal protections for new mothers, claiming the Government has failed to act on the...

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HR horrors: How to flee four frightening scenarios

31 Oct 2017

Halloween is upon us, but what are the most common HR horrors and how should employers deal with them? Alexandra...

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flexible working for parents

Acas study urges higher take-up of flexible working 

13 Sep 2017

A report published today by Acas calls for more flexible working for parents returning to work after parental leave as...

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Women on maternity leave denied training opportunities

7 Sep 2017

One quarter (24%) of women on maternity leave are not offered the same training opportunities as their colleagues, according to...

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