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

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

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

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

Emergency time off and contacting your employer

In the case of Ellis v Ratcliff Palfinger Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that it was fair to dismiss an employee who had taken emergency time off but who had not properly notified his employer as soon as he… Read on

Taste of future employment law

In the Queen’s speech, the government has given us a flavour of likely upcoming changes to employment law. We await the details, but here’s where we can expect the changes to be: Minimum wage: penalties are likely to be increased… Read on

Do surrogate parents have rights?

Do the receiving parents of a surrogate child have any right to maternity leave? No, according to the Court of Justice of the European Union, in a recent decision (CD V ST). Background The claimant and her partner had a… Read on

Shared parental leave factsheet

Here is the essential information you need to know about the new system of shared parental leave. The new rules come into effect on 1 December 2014, and apply to babies born on or after 5 April 2015. Adopters and… Read on