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

39% of over 50s prefer flexible working before retirement

Following the UK’s silver workforce gaining the right to request flexible working last summer (recap here), a Government poll just published shows that 39% of over 50s not currently retired said that working part time or flexible hours before stopping… Read on

Government limits backdated holiday pay claims

On 8 January 2015, The Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 will come into force. These regulations establish, from 1 July 2015, a two-year limitation on how far back in time workers’ employment tribunal claims can go to recover the… 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

Holiday pay: new case

Could a commission-only worker claim that not paying him for annual leave effectively prevented him from taking it, and that he should be compensated? Potentially yes, said the EAT in the recent case of the Sash Window Workshop Limited v.… Read on

Shared parental leave now in force

The intricate regulations dealing with shared parental leave and shared parental pay came into force on 1 December 2014. The regulations let both parents share parental leave during the first year after the child’s birth or adoption, with an entitlement… Read on

Round-up of Employment Law Changes in October 2014

National Minimum Wage The new rates of National Minimum Wage for the year 1 October 2014 – 30 September are published: Read the current rates of NMW here Equal pay audits Employment Tribunals must order an equal pay audit upon… Read on

Silver workforce gain the right to request flexible working

From today, 30 June 2014, all employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service gain the right to request flexible working irrespective of child or dependent caring responsibilities. We anticipate employers will see a significant increase in requests particularly from… Read on

Major overhaul to the right to request flexible working

From 30 June 2014, all employees will be entitled to make flexible working requests. We anticipate employers will see a significant increase in requests particularly from its older workforce, who may regard flexible working as an attractive alternative to retirement.… Read on