Dads face work/life balance prejudice

Research by the University of Plymouth shows that fathers face more objections when looking to improve their work/life balance. The research studied responses of around 100 managers who were asked to assess for jobs fictitious applicants who were equal, apart… Read on

MPs demand maternity law shake up

The call of the Women and Equalities Committee for greater rights for new mothers and mothers to be is biting in its criticism of the current situation and wide ranging in its demands. In the report, the Committee condemns the… 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 adoption leave?

Adoption leave refers to rights to time off work given to adopters. These rights are very similar to the rights to ordinary and additional maternity leave, and to shared parental leave. Adoption rights are also available to local authority foster… Read on

What is paternity leave?

Paternity leave refers to fathers’ rights to take up to 2 weeks’ unpaid leave within 56 days of the birth of their child. During paternity leave, fathers have the right to remain employed on their existing terms and conditions, except… 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