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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There are limits to the circumstances in which employers can take a candidate’s past criminal convictions into account when deciding...

Employment law changes: 10 proposals in the pipeline for HR

2 Aug 2019

Amid all the political turmoil in July, employers will be forgiven for missing a flurry of proposed new employment laws...

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New parents and expectant mothers to receive more redundancy protections

25 Jul 2019

The legal protections for pregnant women and new mothers are to be extended to six months after they return to...

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Paid leave proposed for parents of premature babies

19 Jul 2019

Parents of premature babies could be entitled to one week of paid leave for every week their baby is in hospital.

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Social attitudes: One in three say parental leave should be shared

11 Jul 2019

A third of people believe parental leave should be shared equally, according to a major survey, while only 12% think...

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Pregnant worker who challenged working hours wins unfair dismissal claim

2 Jul 2019

A care assistant who was dismissed has been awarded more than £35,000.

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Theresa May considers 12 weeks’ paid paternity policy

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.

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One in four dads miss out on paid paternity leave

16 Jun 2019

Almost a quarter (23%) of new fathers did not qualify for statutory paid paternity leave last year, either because they...

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JPMorgan Chase settles US paternity leave case for $5m

31 May 2019

JPMorgan Chase will pay $5m to settle a discrimination claim filed by a male employee in the US

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Employers can enhance maternity pay and not shared parental pay

28 May 2019

The Court of Appeal has ruled that employers can enhance maternity pay, while only offering statutory shared parental pay for fathers.

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Employee wins pregnancy discrimination case

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.

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MP seeks to rescue new mums’ redundancy protection plans

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...

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What can be learned from Denmark’s parental leave and childcare policies?

20 May 2019

Denmark has some of the most generous parental leave and childcare support schemes in the world. But have these had...

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Employers ‘failing to take pregnant workers’ health seriously’

15 May 2019

Employers need to do “far more” to protect the health and wellbeing of pregnant staff, with travel commitments and irregular...

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Appeal court hears parental pay discrimination claims

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

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