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.


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Personnel Today Awards 2020: Family Friendly Employer shortlist

5 Oct 2020

As we prepare to celebrate the Personnel Today Awards in November, it’s time to showcase those organisations that made the...

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Calls to extend parental leave during Covid-19 rejected

9 Sep 2020

Calls to extend parental leave and pay for families because of the Covid-19 pandemic have been rejected by the government,...

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Ensure women do not lose out on maternity pay, say Labour

12 Aug 2020

The Labour party has called for the government to take urgent action to ensure that those who have been pregnant...

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MP’s bid to protect women from unfair redundancy gets over first hurdle

10 Jul 2020

Maria Miller's proposals aim to bolster rights of women on maternity leave, who are often considered an easy target for redundancy.

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Top UK employers urged to disclose parental leave and pay

6 Jul 2020

Employers warned they could lose out on the best talent if they do not include transparency over family friendly working arrangements.

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Worker awarded compensation after missed antenatal check-up

15 Jun 2020

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

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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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