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Employees have a number of fundamental family-friendly rights in the workplace. These include the right to maternity leave, paternity leave, and adoption leave. Shared parental leave is available to parents of children due on or after 5 April 2015, and adopters where the child is placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. Ordinary parental leave is a type of unpaid leave that can be taken until the child’s 18th birthday.
From 30 June 2015, the right to request flexible working was extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ qualifying service. Prior to this date, it was available to parents of young children and carers. All employees are also entitled to take a reasonable amount of time off work “to take action which is necessary” in relation to the care of certain dependants.
17 Jul 2019
Flexible working should be offered by default for any job and employers should “opt out” if a job cannot be...
11 Jul 2019
A third of people believe parental leave should be shared equally, according to a major survey, while only 12% think...
3 Jul 2019
Action needs to be taken by individual organisations and at a sector-wide level to close the gender pay gap and...
21 May 2019
The government is accused of dragging its feet over protections for new mothers as a private member's bill is introduced in the House of Commons...
1 Apr 2019
Mobile network O2 has increased paid paternity leave for all permanent staff to 14 weeks, which it claimed is among...
18 Mar 2019
LinkedIn has claimed to have revealed evidence of a “disconnect” between employers and employees over the issue of flexible work, as most working parents feel their employers are not fully open about their parental policies.
13 Mar 2019
Last week US bank BNY Mellon informed its employees it was “pausing” a review of its policies that allow them...
8 Mar 2019
On International Women’s Day, Lauren Touré looks at how encouraging men to share parental responsibilities can have a profound effect on female career progression.
18 Feb 2019
Take-up of the government's Tax-Free Childcare benefit has been much slower than anticipated, official figures have shown.
30 Jan 2019
With parts of the UK experiencing heavy snowfall, we answer five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of...
28 Jan 2019
Biological indications for chronic stress are 40% higher in women bringing up two children while working full-time compared with colleagues...
25 Jan 2019
Pregnant women and new mothers returning to work after having children are to receive greater protection from being treated unfairly,...
30 Nov 2018
Single parents are the most underutilised major pool of talent in the UK, with almost 200,000 unemployed, according to a...
22 Oct 2018
The government is exploring the possibility of a new law requiring employers with more than 250 employees to publish details...