Is enhanced maternity pay discriminatory against men?

Two recent cases have posed the question of whether it is unlawful for men on shared parental leave to be paid less than mothers on maternity leave. The Court of Appeal recently heard the conjoined cases of Ali v Capita and Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police. Here, the court sought to determine whether […]

HR FAQs | Maternity Leave

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Your employee has just informed you that she is pregnant. You will have a million questions running through your head. It’s important that, at each stage, you are on the right side of the law when it comes to the maternity leave rights bestowed upon expectant mothers. Our Employment Law Specialists answers some commonly asked questions put […]

HR GUIDE | Managing paternity leave at your organisation

paternity leave

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, […]

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? […]

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 […]