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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.
1 Apr 2020
Entries have opened for the 2020 Personnel Today Awards, recognising the HR professionals, teams and suppliers that have delivered outstanding...
11 Mar 2020
A quarter of mothers do not return to the same employer after maternity leave because they feel the organisation’s practices...
9 Mar 2020
Parents of premature babies will be able to claim an extra £160 per week in new measures set to be...
9 Mar 2020
Men are more likely than women to believe it possible to rise to the top of their careers while still...
24 Feb 2020
Employers should be updating their policies and procedures to take account of the introduction of parental bereavement leave in April....
20 Feb 2020
Fathers are four times more likely to seek mental health support than mothers, according to an online support service for...
18 Feb 2020
A highly anticipated case to test whether it is discriminatory for employers to enhance maternity pay while not doing the...
12 Feb 2020
Almost two-fifths of employees who plan to have children in the future expect to take shared parental leave – a...
7 Feb 2020
It’s been welcomed by many as an important change to employment law, but could the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay...
23 Jan 2020
Parents who suffer stillbirth or loss of a child will be entitled to two weeks’ leave.
10 Jan 2020
Helen Larkin was made redundant at eight months' pregnant.
10 Jan 2020
Brexit seemed to put the brakes on progress for family-friendly rights last year, but 2020 and beyond could see some...
9 Jan 2020
The government has published the proposed statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick...
3 Jan 2020
How much control can employers have over the timing of employees’ annual leave?
Employers with holiday years that run from...