UK employment law makes provision for a wide variety of types of leave from work. Some of the more common are annual leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, and time off for medical or dental appointments.

How should employers deal with the holiday conundrum?

With millions rolling over annual leave in the hope of holiday later in the year are firms storing up problems for themselves, particularly as burnout takes its toll?

NHS staff won’t ‘bounce back’ without support

24 Mar 2021

The NHS could see an exodus of staff unless leaders are given the resources needed to support their wellbeing, the NHS Confederation has said.

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Eight-fold increase in leave requests after roadmap announcement

24 Feb 2021

The announcement about lockdown easing plans prompted a boom in annual leave requests.

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Ministerial maternity bill passes amid criticism

12 Feb 2021

MPs have voted to give ministers paid maternity leave, but the bill has been criticised for excluding backbench MPs and for giving no mention to paternity leave.

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Covid-19: Should employers grant time off for vaccinations?

20 Jan 2021

Following the news that public-facing workers including teachers, police officers and retail staff could soon be offered Covid-19 vaccinations, Sean...

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Zurich offers parents ‘lockdown leave’ to help with childcare

6 Jan 2021

Zurich is offering two weeks’ fully-paid emergency ‘lockdown leave’ to parents and carers affected by school closures.
The Swiss insurance...

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Fifa to grant maternity protections for footballers

19 Nov 2020

Football’s international governing body, will grant female players’ maternity rights to protect them against discrimination while pregnant.

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Facing an annual leave backlog? Employers’ questions answered

24 Sep 2020

After the government’s announcement this week that stricter coronavirus restrictions could be in place for a further six months –...

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Top 10 HR questions August 2020: Returning to work and quarantine

2 Sep 2020

The summer holiday season raised questions for employers about the impact of self-isolating and quarantining after returning from abroad. A...

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Coronavirus and travel: seven questions about quarantine

28 Jul 2020

On Saturday, the government announced that anyone returning from Spain, including the Balearics and Canaries, must self-isolate on their return...

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Extend paid bereavement leave right beyond parents, urges CIPD

21 Jul 2020

The right to bereavement leave and pay should be extended to all employees experiencing a close family bereavement, not just...

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Seven ways of dealing with return-to-work childcare issues

26 Jun 2020

Although more workplaces will reopen on 4 July, schools and other childcare settings such as holiday clubs are unlikely to...

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Last-minute holiday requests likely during heatwave

23 Jun 2020

HR teams may find themselves experiencing an influx of last-minute requests for annual leave this week, with temperatures set to...

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EY to shut offices for a day so staff can catch up on leave

17 Jun 2020

Consulting and accountancy firm EY will shut its UK offices on 3 July to help ensure staff use up their...

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Family emergencies abroad may require a month off work

9 Jun 2020

An employment lawyer has warned that staff who have travelled abroad to handle a family emergency may need to take...

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