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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

Time off for antenatal care Q&A

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Do you know what the law says about time off to attend antenatal appointments?  Are you aware of how much you need to pay expectant mothers or fathers? Do you know what claims you could face if you get things wrong? If the answers to those questions are no, this is essential reading. In this article, […]

Extended maternity leave for premature births?

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Mothers of premature babies are campaigning for their statutory maternity leave to be increased. Over 100,000 signatures have now been added to an online petition supporting an extra week of leave for every week that the parents have to spend waiting in hospital for their baby to come home. MP Steve Reed submitted a motion […]

Shared Parental Leave

A new scheme is coming in that applies to those in England, Scotland and Wales expecting the birth of a child on or after 5 April 2015. In headline terms, the scheme enables the mother to cut short her maternity leave so that the balance of the leave can be split between herself and her […]