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.


2019 employment law: eight changes to look out for

Although Brexit dominates the news, there will be a number of important employment law developments in 2019. Clio Springer sets...

One-HR employment law review (webinar)

4 Dec 2018

Last chance to book your place: 6 December 2018 at 2pm. Barrister Kevin Charles scrutinises the latest developments in employment law including whistleblowing, minimum wage and more...

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Single parents are largest underutilised talent pool in UK

30 Nov 2018

Single parents are the most underutilised major pool of talent in the UK, with almost 200,000 unemployed, according to a...

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2019 statutory pay rates revealed

26 Nov 2018

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

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Two thirds of dads take six months’ shared parental leave at Aviva

20 Nov 2018

Enhancing shared parental pay to the same level as maternity pay has been shown to help lead to a dramatically...

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Proposed requirement to publish family-friendly policies: implications for employers

22 Oct 2018

The government is exploring the possibility of a new law requiring employers with more than 250 employees to publish details...

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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.

Parental leave and pay
Maternity and...

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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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