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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The 10 most important employment law cases in 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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Top 10 HR questions November 2017: Gender pay gap reporting looms large

7 Dec 2017

Employers have just under five months left to publish their gender pay gap reports. Most employers covered by the gender...

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New statutory pay rates for maternity, paternity, shared parental leave, adoption and sickness

27 Nov 2017

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

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Aviva announces enhanced shared parental leave policy for all employees

27 Nov 2017

Insurance company Aviva has announced that all employees – regardless of gender, sexual orientation or how they became a parent ...

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Pregnant women and new mothers need more legal protection

7 Nov 2017

A charity has called for greater legal protections for new mothers, claiming the Government has failed to act on the...

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HR horrors: How to flee four frightening scenarios

31 Oct 2017

Halloween is upon us, but what are the most common HR horrors and how should employers deal with them? Alexandra...

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Acas study urges higher take-up of flexible working 

13 Sep 2017

A report published today by Acas calls for more flexible working for parents returning to work after parental leave as...

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Women on maternity leave denied training opportunities

7 Sep 2017

One quarter (24%) of women on maternity leave are not offered the same training opportunities as their colleagues, according to...

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Pay gaps need to tackle ethnicity and disability as well as gender, urges EHRC

15 Aug 2017

All jobs should be advertised as available for flexible working and fathers should receive ‘use it or lose it’ parental...

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The question of whether to enhance shared parental pay for fathers has featured in case law this year

Six important employment law cases in 2017

28 Jul 2017

The decision by the Supreme Court that the employment tribunal fees system is unlawful may be one of the most...

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Top 10 HR questions June 2017: Maximum workplace temperature

4 Jul 2017

With a temperature of 34.5°C recorded at Heathrow, 21 June 2017 was Britain’s hottest June day for 40 years.
Whether...

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Redundancy pools: myth vs fact

30 Jun 2017

Determining the correct composition of the redundancy pool is a step in the right direction to carrying out a fair...

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Family-friendly rights: a whistle-stop tour

23 Jun 2017

Shared parental leave has been in the press again of late, with a new father winning a sex discrimination claim...

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Enhancing family-friendly pay: pros and cons for employers

16 Jun 2017

Whether or not to enhance pay during maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave is a perennial dilemma for employers....

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Shared parental pay: Is refusal to match enhanced maternity pay sex discrimination?

13 Jun 2017

Darren Newman asks if an employment tribunal was correct to hold that it was...

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