HR GUIDE | Managing paternity leave at your organisation

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An employee has announced that his wife is having a baby. He has only been working for the organisation for a couple of months. Is he eligible for paternity leave? You may think that every expectant father is entitled to time off, but in fact, there are a number of eligibility conditions that need to […]

Rights to leave and pay for adoptive parents

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If an employee becomes an adoptive parent, they may be eligible for different types of leave and pay to look after the new addition to their family. Couple vs individual Where one person is adopting a child, that person is the adopter and can take Statutory Adoption Leave. If a couple jointly adopts a child, […]

Time off for surrogacy

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One of your employees has announced that they are having a baby through surrogacy arrangements. You will be delighted for the employee, but may wonder what rights they have in terms of leave and pay. Maternity leave and pay If your employee gives birth, she is entitled to up to 52 weeks of maternity leave […]

8 top HR and Employment Law dates in 2018

2018 promises to be a busy year in the world of HR. So we’ve pulled together a list of 8 top things you need to keep on your radar. 1  New minimum wage rates The National Living Wage (the rate for those who are 25 or over) will increase from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour […]

Understanding unpaid parental leave

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Unpaid parental leave is by far one of the most under-publicised rights available to employees. If an employer receives a request for unpaid parental leave and has never heard of it, it may catch them off guard. Here are seven things all employers need to know. 1  It should not be confused with Shared Parental […]

Do grandparents have the right to time off work?

right to time off work for grandparents

With the high cost of childcare, grandparents often take on the responsibility for looking after their grandchildren while the parents are at work. Often, the grandparents themselves are still in employment, so do they have a statutory right to take time off for these purposes? As the law currently stands, employees are not entitled to […]

How does Shared Parental Leave work?


Gone are the days when mothers were the ones left holding the baby. Employees may be eligible for Shared Parental Leave (SPL), which gives new parents more flexible options when deciding who will take time off to care for the baby. In this article, we will explain how Shared Parental Leave actually works. How much […]

What paternity rights do employees have?

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Employers may believe that new fathers only have the right to paternity leave, but in fact they may be entitled to a number of other types of leave and may have access to a wide range of employment rights once the baby is born and as the child grows up. In this article, we will […]