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 employers’ support for working parents is “invisible”

A number of employers including Asos, IBM, Lidl and Facebook are completely ‘invisible’ when it comes to publicising their support...

Top 10 HR questions February 2019: Redundancy, FTCs and maternity leave

1 Mar 2019

When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...

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Third of mums using toilets to express milk at work

21 Feb 2019

A third of breastfeeding mothers returning to work are being forced to use a toilet to express milk because of...

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What should employers consider when publishing parental leave and pay policies?

18 Dec 2018

The government said in October that it plans to consult on the former employment relations minister Jo Swinson’s bill to...

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2019 statutory pay rates revealed

26 Nov 2018

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

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Two thirds of dads take six months’ shared parental leave at Aviva

20 Nov 2018

Enhancing shared parental pay to the same level as maternity pay has been shown to help lead to a dramatically...

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Proposed requirement to publish family-friendly policies: implications for employers

22 Oct 2018

The government is exploring the possibility of a new law requiring employers with more than 250 employees to publish details...

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Ten employers publish parental leave and pay policies

27 Sep 2018

Ten major employers have agreed to publish their parental leave and pay policies online.

Parental leave and pay
Maternity and...

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

4 Sep 2018

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

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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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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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