Maternity & paternity

Pregnant employees are entitled to take 52 weeks' maternity leave. Pregnant employees' partners are entitled to take two weeks' ordinary paternity leave provided that they have the required continuous service.

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.


Ramdoolar v Bycity Limited, EAT, 30 July 2004

12 Oct 2004

Is she or isn’t she? Following her dismissal on the grounds of performance, Mrs Ramdoolar claimed the company’s reasons were...

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Red tape stifles development of HR across European Union

16 Mar 2004

A survey of HR across Europe reveals that most countries are struggling to come to terms with the European legislation mountain. Surprisingly, reports Michael Millar the UK is ahead of the pack in adapting to change

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