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.


Financial concerns put fathers off shared parental leave

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

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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Working fathers failed by Government policy

20 Mar 2018

Policies designed to help fathers in the workplace need reforming if Government is to meet the needs of 21st century...

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Why fatherhood holds the key to solving the gender pay gap

20 Mar 2018

The introduction of gender pay gap reporting has shifted the onus of responsibility for solving the gender pay gap to...

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The top 10 HR questions February 2018: Consent to process personal data

2 Mar 2018

One of the key messages employers are hearing on the new data protection rules under the General Data Protection Regulation...

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

12 Feb 2018

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

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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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