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.


Top 10 HR questions August 2018 – Brexit and executive pay ratios

While progress has been made in some areas of the Brexit negotiations, including agreement on the rights of EU citizens...

Five lesser known maternity rights women must be aware of

20 Aug 2018

With statistics suggesting autumn is the most popular season to give birth, Beverley Sunderland clarifies some lesser known maternity rights...

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Shared parental leave: removing financial barriers could encourage uptake

9 Aug 2018

UCL research suggests that shared parental leave is failing, with financial implications and strict eligibility creating barriers...

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Uber to give drivers medical cover, sick pay and other benefits

24 May 2018

Uber is to introduce numerous protections for its drivers through a new insurance scheme, including sick pay and maternity and...

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Working mothers increase by almost 50% over 40 years

30 Apr 2018

The proportion of working-age mothers in paid work increased by almost 50% over four decades, according to the Institute of...

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Why fatherhood holds the key to solving the gender pay gap

20 Mar 2018

The introduction of gender pay gap reporting has shifted the onus of responsibility for solving the gender pay gap to...

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The top 10 HR questions February 2018: Consent to process personal data

2 Mar 2018

One of the key messages employers are hearing on the new data protection rules under the General Data Protection Regulation...

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Why supporting all carers benefits men, women and business

9 Feb 2018

Recent research showing how women and men continue to struggle to achieve the right balance between their work and family...

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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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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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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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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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Shared parental pay: father wins sex discrimination case

6 Jun 2017

A father whose wife was advised to return to work to combat post-natal depression has won a sex discrimination claim...

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