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.


Worker awarded compensation after missed antenatal check-up

IT finance analyst is awarded £4,000 in a case involving attitudes to sickness, workloads, mental health and pregnancy.

Employees on maternity leave can still access furlough after deadline

10 Jun 2020

Parents who are on statutory maternity and paternity leave due to return to work in the next few months will...

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Return to work: employers’ questions answered

14 May 2020

Can our office reopen yet? Do we have to provide staff with PPE? Many concerns about the return to work...

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Maternity leave and furlough: what options do HR have?

5 May 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme rules are complicated enough, without the added layer of complexity surrounding maternity leave and new...

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Furlough: parental pay to be calculated on usual earnings

27 Apr 2020

Furloughed workers taking parental or adoption leave will receive parental or adoption pay based on their usual earnings, not the...

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Four in 10 dads can’t afford shared parental leave

22 Apr 2020

Five years after its introduction, the number of fathers claiming shared parental leave has increased by over two thirds since...

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April 2020 employment law changes: eight tasks for HR

6 Apr 2020

Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines....

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Quarter of women leave for another employer after career break

11 Mar 2020

A quarter of mothers do not return to the same employer after maternity leave because they feel the organisation’s practices...

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UK women least optimistic about impact of parenthood on career

9 Mar 2020

Men are more likely than women to believe it possible to rise to the top of their careers while still...

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Shared parental pay case refused Supreme Court appeal

18 Feb 2020

A highly anticipated case to test whether it is discriminatory for employers to enhance maternity pay while not doing the...

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Prepare for surge in shared parental leave requests, law firm urges

12 Feb 2020

Almost two-fifths of employees who plan to have children in the future expect to take shared parental leave – a...

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Sacked pregnant worker wins £17k compensation from Liz Earle Beauty Company

10 Jan 2020

Helen Larkin was made redundant at eight months' pregnant.

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Family-friendly rights: what to look out for in 2020 and beyond

10 Jan 2020

Brexit seemed to put the brakes on progress for family-friendly rights last year, but 2020 and beyond could see some...

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April 2020 statutory maternity, paternity and sick pay rates published

9 Jan 2020

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

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‘Protect workers’ rights after Brexit’, voters urge Boris Johnson

23 Dec 2019

Two-thirds of people who voted Conservative in the 2019 general election want the new government to protect or enhance workers’...

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