Pregnancy and maternity discrimination | 2019 Guide

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It’s hard to believe, but pregnancy and maternity discrimination are on the rise. These are the findings in a report by the Women and Equalities Committee which has prompted the Government to consult on different options to ensure there are sufficient protections for pregnant women and new mothers. Discrimination claims are very costly and damaging to your […]

HR INFO | Dealing with new mothers’ requests to work part-time

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What happens if an employee who works full-time asks to work part-time? Women on maternity leave frequently ask to return to work on a part-time basis in order to effectively juggle their work and care responsibilities. Employees with 26 continuous weeks of service have a statutory right to request flexible working, but there is no […]

Supporting employees’ return from maternity leave

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When new mums come back to the workplace, it can often be a daunting experience. It is common for some mothers to feel guilty about leaving their child after maternity leave. They may be anxious about all the changes that have happened in the workplace in the past 12 months and apprehensive about slotting back […]

Maternity ‘pause clause’ deemed discriminatory

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An Employment Tribunal concluded that an employee who went on maternity leave was discriminated against after her employer used a ‘pause clause’ in the training agreement to recoup expensive training costs. It is another reminder that under the Equality Act, it’s unlawful for an employer to treat someone less favourably because she is pregnant, suffering […]

Keep in Touch Days during maternity leave

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When an employee is on maternity leave, they are away from the workplace for an extended period of time and it is useful to keep in touch. The law allows employers to make reasonable contact during maternity leave. After all, you may want to contact the employee to discuss their return to work or inform […]

How much maternity leave are new mothers entitled to?

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In a small business, managing maternity leave can be a challenge. You may feel at a loss on how you are going cope with the employee’s absence, but how long can employees be off work on maternity leave? Eligible employees can take up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave. To be eligible, they must be an […]

Enhanced pay for shared parental leave

Since the introduction of shared parental leave, it has been questioned whether those taking that leave would be entitled to the same benefits as those taking maternity leave. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has now ruled that it is not discriminatory for an employer to pay enhanced maternity pay but only statutory pay for shared […]

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 […]

Supporting employees with premature babies

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The birth of a child is a great joy, but unfortunately, it can be testing if the baby is born premature and needs to spend time in hospital. For employers, it can be tricky too. What happens to the employee’s maternity leave? How should you communicate with the employee during this difficult and testing time? […]

Rights of pregnant job applicants

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Most employers know that if they reject a job applicant because they are pregnant or are going to on maternity leave, they are committing discrimination and are falling foul of the Equality Act.  But often employers and managers are unsure of whether applicants are obliged to reveal their pregnancy or what they can ask in […]