Maternity

Pregnant employees are entitled to take 52 weeks’ maternity leave. 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.


Pregnant worker who challenged working hours wins unfair dismissal claim

A care assistant who was dismissed has been awarded more than £35,000.

Theresa May considers 12 weeks’ paid paternity policy

24 Jun 2019

Theresa May could offer fathers 12 weeks’ paid paternity leave as one of her ’legacy’ policies before she leaves office as Prime Minister.

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JPMorgan Chase settles US paternity leave case for $5m

31 May 2019

JPMorgan Chase will pay $5m to settle a discrimination claim filed by a male employee in the US

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Employers can enhance maternity pay and not shared parental pay

28 May 2019

The Court of Appeal has ruled that employers can enhance maternity pay, while only offering statutory shared parental pay for fathers.

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What can be learned from Denmark’s parental leave and childcare policies?

20 May 2019

Denmark has some of the most generous parental leave and childcare support schemes in the world. But have these had...

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Employers ‘failing to take pregnant workers’ health seriously’

15 May 2019

Employers need to do “far more” to protect the health and wellbeing of pregnant staff, with travel commitments and irregular...

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How should employers support returning mothers’ mental health?

9 May 2019

Returning to work after maternity leave can be a stressful time for a new mother and managers should be alive...

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Champion flexible working to improve parents’ work-life balance

3 May 2019

Support for flexible working should be visible from leadership level to help create “human-sized” jobs that enable a greater work-life...

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Employers should publish new mum retention rates, MPs urge

1 May 2019

Large organisations should be forced to publish retention rates for new mothers returning to the workplace in order to tackle...

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Shared parental leave and pay – equalising opportunities?

16 Apr 2019

With reports citing that only 1% of those eligible took a period of shared parental leave in 2018 it is...

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Webinar: Managing sickness absence during pregnancy

9 Apr 2019

Employers need to take particular care when managing sickness absence during pregnancy as the legal framework protecting pregnant employees is...

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Why it’s time to compel all employers to publish parental policies

5 Apr 2019

Recent research claimed that top employers’ parental policies are “invisible”, and a number have now publicly committed to publishing their...

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Diageo announces six months’ paid parental leave

3 Apr 2019

Drinks giant Diageo has announced a new policy to offer men and women 52 weeks’ parental leave with the first...

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Top 10 HR questions March 2019: Anonymous witness rights

2 Apr 2019

If a witness in a disciplinary procedure wishes to remain anonymous, how can the employer balance their privacy against the...

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Redundancy when on maternity leave: a matter of communication

29 Mar 2019

HR practitioners, even some line managers, know full well that an employee at risk of redundancy when they are on...

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