Statutory payments to increase from April 2019

The annual increase of certain benefits in England, Wales and Scotland is due to take effect from early next month.  Benefits generally rise in line with inflation.  This year, the key changes are: statutory sick pay will increase from £92.05… Read on

Parental bereavement law not expected until 2020

There is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide paid time off for parents whose child has died.  The government previously pledged to introduce a new entitlement for parental bereavement leave and pay and, in September 2018, the Parental… Read on

Government to consult on greater parental pay transparency

The government has announced that it will consult on requiring employers with more than 250 staff to publish their parental leave and pay policies, so job applicants can make informed decisions about whether they can combine the role with caring… 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

Statutory parental payments on the up in 2018

From the beginning of April 2018, the statutory payments that eligible employees receive while on maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental or sick leave will go up. Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and maternity allowance will increase to £145.18 (from… Read on

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

What is shared parental leave?

Shared parental leave (SPL) is a type of parental leave that allows birth parents and adoptive parents to share up to 50 weeks leave and 37 weeks pay between them. SPL may be taken in one go or in blocks… 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