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.


What needs to change before we can close the gender pay gap

Headline-grabbing proposals can only take us so far. Cultural shifts and changes in shared leave, maternity and paternity benefits are needed before we can truly get to grips with the gender pay gap.

Labour promises 12 months of maternity pay

8 Nov 2019

The Labour Party has pledged to increase statutory maternity pay from nine to 12 months as part of a raft...

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Standard Life Aberdeen offers nine months’ fully paid leave for all new parents

30 Oct 2019

Standard Life Aberdeen will offer nine months’ fully paid leave from January.

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Jersey to offer 52 weeks’ parental leave to all parents

25 Oct 2019

New parents in Jersey will be offered up to 52 weeks’ leave in new legislation that has been described as...

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Pregnant woman wins £28,000 after unfair dismissal at 20 weeks

25 Sep 2019

A woman has been awarded almost £28,000 after a tribunal found she had been unfairly dismissed at 20 weeks pregnant....

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Top 10 HR questions August 2019: term-time holiday calculations

3 Sep 2019

How should you calculate holiday pay for a term-time worker without regular hours?
A recent Court of Appeal decision, The...

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One in eight reluctant to hire women who may become pregnant

22 Aug 2019

One in eight (12%) employers would be reluctant to hire a woman who could become pregnant and one in seven...

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Top 10 HR questions July 2019: Spent convictions

5 Aug 2019

There are limits to the circumstances in which employers can take a candidate’s past criminal convictions into account when deciding...

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Employment law changes: 10 proposals in the pipeline for HR

2 Aug 2019

Amid all the political turmoil in July, employers will be forgiven for missing a flurry of proposed new employment laws...

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New parents and expectant mothers to receive more redundancy protections

25 Jul 2019

The legal protections for pregnant women and new mothers are to be extended to six months after they return to...

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Paid leave proposed for parents of premature babies

19 Jul 2019

Parents of premature babies could be entitled to one week of paid leave for every week their baby is in hospital.

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Pregnant worker who challenged working hours wins unfair dismissal claim

2 Jul 2019

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

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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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