“Oh ****, she’s pregnant”

We report on a case where the redundancy of an employee returning from maternity leave was tainted by sex discrimination. Background In this case, Fidessa Plc v. Lancaster, Ms Lancaster was made redundant after returning from her second period of… Read on

What is shared parental leave?

Shared parental leave is a system of rights that allows women to bring their statutory maternity leave and pay to an end and hand it over to her spouse, civil partner or father of the child. Shared parental leave can… Read on

What is statutory maternity pay?

Statutory maternity pay is given to employees on maternity leave, provided that they had 26 weeks of employment at the 14th week before the birth, and were earning over a certain minimum amount. Employers may pay additional, non-statutory, wages during… Read on

What is maternity leave?

Maternity leave is a right given to new mothers who are employees to take up to 1 year off work, and return to the same, or reasonably similar job thereafter. Maternity leave is compulsory for the first 2 weeks post… Read on

What are adoption appointment rights?

Adoption appointment rights give adopting employees a right to paid time off work so that they can attend meetings relevant to a future adoption. These rights work in a similar way to ante-natal appointment rights.  … Read on

What are your ante-natal care rights?

Ante-natal care rights entitle certain working parents to reasonable paid time off work in order to attend ante-natal appointments. The employee must be attending the appointment on the advice of a suitably qualified practitioner (doctor, registered midwife or registered nurse).… Read on

What are maternity and parental rights?

Maternity and parental rights refer to a large number of rights given to working parents under UK employment law. The rights are to maternity leave, maternity pay, paternity leave, paternity pay, adoption leave, adoption pay, parental leave (unpaid), shared parental… Read on

New case on childcare vouchers

The EAT has recently made a decision as to whether it was discriminatory to suspend childcare vouchers during maternity leave which were provided through a salary sacrifice scheme. Background The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999 only suspend “remuneration” during… Read on

Timing of redundancy during maternity leave

In the case of Sefton Borough Council v Wainwright 2014, the EAT held that: An employee on maternity leave was entitled to be offered a suitable alternative post as soon as the employer created the new post in the restructure… Read on

Do surrogate parents have rights?

Do the receiving parents of a surrogate child have any right to maternity leave? No, according to the Court of Justice of the European Union, in a recent decision (CD V ST). Background The claimant and her partner had a… Read on