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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.
30 Oct 2019
Standard Life Aberdeen will offer nine months’ fully paid leave from January.
22 Oct 2019
Having a diverse and inclusive workforce is recognised as good for business, but why are many organisations barely going beyond compliance with equality legislation?
11 Oct 2019
As the government consultation into whether employers should have to publish their family-related leave and flexible working policies comes to...
26 Sep 2019
With Labour proposing a four-day week and unions campaigning for workers to use technology to spend less time in the...
23 Sep 2019
More than half of ‘sandwich carers’ – people who look after both children and older relatives – find balancing their...
11 Sep 2019
Rachel Billington (right), HR diversity and inclusion lead at the Metropolitan Police, will share her organisation’s journey around improving the...
18 Jul 2019
A teacher who was overlooked for a promotion because she was working reduced hours has received a £5,000 pay out...
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...