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.


MP’s bid to protect women from unfair redundancy gets over first hurdle

Maria Miller's proposals aim to bolster rights of women on maternity leave, who are often considered an easy target for redundancy.

Top UK employers urged to disclose parental leave and pay

6 Jul 2020

Employers warned they could lose out on the best talent if they do not include transparency over family friendly working arrangements.

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One in four working carers consider leaving job

24 Jun 2020

A quarter of working carers have considered giving up their job as they are unable to balance their career and...

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‘Horrible, complex’ flexible furlough guidance unveiled

15 Jun 2020

From 1 July employees will no longer have to be furloughed for a minimum period of three weeks: new guidance from HM Revenue and Customs.

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Worker awarded compensation after missed antenatal check-up

15 Jun 2020

IT finance analyst is awarded £4,000 in a case involving attitudes to sickness, workloads, mental health and pregnancy.

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Employees on maternity leave can still access furlough after deadline

10 Jun 2020

Parents who are on statutory maternity and paternity leave due to return to work in the next few months will...

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Personnel Today Awards 2020: entry deadline extension available

29 May 2020

With just one week left until the original deadline, we announce that organisations can apply for a two-week extension to...

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Return to work: employers’ questions answered

14 May 2020

Can our office reopen yet? Do we have to provide staff with PPE? Many concerns about the return to work...

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Maternity leave and furlough: what options do HR have?

5 May 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme rules are complicated enough, without the added layer of complexity surrounding maternity leave and new...

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Top 10 HR questions April 2020: Furlough and annual leave

4 May 2020

The government has provided some clarification on the relationship between furlough and annual leave.
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Furlough: parental pay to be calculated on usual earnings

27 Apr 2020

Furloughed workers taking parental or adoption leave will receive parental or adoption pay based on their usual earnings, not the...

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Four in 10 dads can’t afford shared parental leave

22 Apr 2020

Five years after its introduction, the number of fathers claiming shared parental leave has increased by over two thirds since...

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Gay engineer awarded £175k for ‘nightmare’ treatment after coming out

15 Apr 2020

An engineer has been awarded £175,000 after taking his employer to the...

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Liz Earle Beauty Company adopted discriminatory redundancy process for pregnant worker

8 Apr 2020

The Liz Earle Beauty Company must pay a former employee more than £17,000 for pregnancy and maternity discrimination, after it...

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April 2020 employment law changes: eight tasks for HR

6 Apr 2020

Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines....

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