Government confirms statutory bereavement leave for parents from April 2020

From 6 April 2020, any parent who suffers a stillbirth or loses a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks’ statutory bereavement leave. Inspired by the heartbreaking stories of parents who were forced to worked through the grief of losing a child, the new laws are described by ministers as […]

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, […]

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 […]

Government encouraging employees to take SPL

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The government is encouraging more employees to take up Shared Parental Leave (SPL). Business Minister, Andrew Griffiths, said ‘Shared Parental Leave gives choice to families… Employers can reap the benefits too. We know that flexibility in work is proven to create happier, more loyal and more productive workforces’. However, at present, the take up is […]

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 […]

Paid bereavement leave for parents

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Under a proposed new law, parents who have lost a child under the age of 18 are to have a statutory right to parental bereavement leave and pay. The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill has now been published and could come into effect in 2020. What rights does the law provide at present? As the […]

Part-time employees and KIT days

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Most employers understand that for those employees who work part-time, some benefits are pro-rated (in proportion of the hours they work). So, for example, a part-time employee’s annual leave entitlement is calculated by multiplying the number of days worked per week by 5.6. If they work three days a week, they have the right to […]

Do grandparents have the right to time off work?

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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 […]

Do employers give enough support to fathers?


An inquiry has been set in motion by the Women and Equalities Committee looking into how employers can support fathers actively seeking to be more involved in their child’s upbringing. The 2017 Modern Families Index, published by Working Families and Bright Horizons, surveyed 2,750 parents and found that the way that work was organised and […]

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 […]