I’m pregnant. What are my legal rights at work?

Finding out you are pregnant can create a whirlwind of emotions. For all the excitement, there’s also  anxiety about the unknown. When it comes to considering how pregnancy will affect your job and finances, confusion often reigns. In this article… Read on

Dismissal of pregnant employee was lawful rules EAT

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to discriminate against employees who are pregnant or have recently given birth. But what happens if an employer decides to dismiss an employee, then finds out that she is pregnant before it… Read on

“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