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.


Shared parental leave: removing financial barriers could encourage uptake

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

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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Male employee on shared parental pay not directly discriminated against, rules EAT

1 May 2018

It is not direct sex discrimination to offer men on shared parental leave statutory pay while at the same time...

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Working mothers increase by almost 50% over 40 years

30 Apr 2018

The proportion of working-age mothers in paid work increased by almost 50% over four decades, according to the Institute of...

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Financial concerns put fathers off shared parental leave

13 Apr 2018

Financial barriers are preventing new fathers from taking shared parental leave, with half of prospective fathers admitting that they are...

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Father refused enhanced shared parental pay was not discriminated against, says EAT

11 Apr 2018

It is not discriminatory to refuse a new father enhanced pay while on shared parental leave where women are given...

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The top 10 questions March 2018: Holiday entitlement and GDPR requirements

4 Apr 2018

The Easter bank holidays inevitably raise questions for employers about employees’ entitlement to time off, pay or pay in lieu....

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April 2018 employment law changes: Six key tasks for HR

26 Mar 2018

April is always a busy time of year for HR, with new and amended employment laws taking effect. In April 2018, large employers face their first gender pay...

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