Shared parental leave

In November 2012, the Government announced that it intended to introduce a new system of shared parental leave, overhauling the existing maternity leave and paternity leave provisions. Under the proposals, eligible employees would continue to be entitled to a maximum… Read on

Parental leave and right to request flexible working

As anticipated in our blog of 19 October, the Government has now announced changes to the current rules on parental leave which will allow parents to share leave rights after the birth or adoption of a child from 2015. The… Read on

No need to request holiday for sickness refund

The European Court has already decided that where an employee has booked holiday, but then falls sick, they are entitled to claim back that holiday. Some large employers already permit this, but most don’t. A further recent decision will impact… Read on

Can employers insist staff sign a 48 hour opt-out

An employee can choose to opt out of the maximum 48 hour average working week stipulated by the Working Time Regulations. Each employee also has the right not to be subjected to any detriment for doing so. So, what happens… Read on

When holiday entitlement can’t be carried over

When it comes to holiday entitlement the ‘use it or lose it’ rule has long been understood. Recent cases have challenged this approach and in 2009 a European Court decision held that an employee who was on sick leave during… Read on

What is parental leave?

Parental leave is often used as a loose term to cover a wide range of family-friendly employment rights. However it has a specific legal meaning. A parent, or someone with caring responsibility for a child, can seek a period of… Read on

What is statutory annual leave?

Statutory annual leave is the legal minimum amount of paid leave that almost all employees and workers (including casual and agency staff) are entitled to. This is currently 28 days. In the UK this usually includes the 8 statutory bank… Read on

What are the Working Time Regulations?

The Working Time regulations are a set of rules that govern how many hours people should work each week, what breaks they are entitled to, and how much holiday they should get. They were introduced as a health and safety… Read on