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Family Rights And Flexible Working
Pregnancy rights at work
Discovering you are pregnant is often one of the most memorable moments of your life but it also signals great changes in your future. As you start to plan, one of your first concerns may be what your pregnancy rights… Read on
Working from home: legal issues
The future of work has arrived. Employers and employees need to adjust to a new relationship rapidly. Here is some advice, plus a warning or two, from Ben Power: Managing Partner of Springhouse Solicitors and seasoned employment lawyer. What remote… Read on
Returning to work after maternity leave: employee’s rights
As many as 390,000 mothers a year could be experiencing discrimination during pregnancy, maternity leave and/or on return from maternity leave. It’s important to know what your employee rights are, and how to enforce them to make sure you aren’t… Read on
What are parents’ rights for flexible working?
The right to request flexible working is now available to any employee who has been employed by their employer for at least 26 weeks, regardless of whether they are parents or not (this was not the case when the right… Read on
Advantages and disadvantages of flexible working
All employees (whether they have children or not) have a legal right to request flexible working, once they have worked for their employer for at least 26 weeks. Being able to work flexibly may, at first glance, appear to be… Read on
Flexible working after maternity leave
It’s no secret that life changes dramatically after having a baby and the way you were able to work prior to maternity leave may no longer be feasible. For many women, giving up work altogether is not a financial option;… Read on
Maternity leave: what are your employment rights?
When going on maternity leave, many expectant mothers will have questions regarding their rights as an employee. With an abundance of myths surrounding maternity entitlements, it’s no surprise that concerns may arise. In the infographic below, we have highlighted the… Read on
Tips for making a flexible working request
There’s an almost inexhaustible array of arrangements which might be described as flexible working, including job sharing, working from home, compressed hours, term-time working or just changing your hours – it doesn’t always have to mean working part-time. Flexible working… Read on
What are my rights on returning to work after maternity leave?
Returning to work after maybe a year or more out of the workplace on maternity leave can be daunting. That’s why it is particularly important to understand what your legal rights and entitlements are regarding holidays, promotions and pay, prior… Read on
What are protected characteristics?
The term “protected characteristics” comes from the Equality Act 2010. Understanding what the protected characteristics are is important because any discriminatory or harassing behaviour is only unlawful if it is related to a relevant protected characteristic. The definition of protected… Read on
Pregnant and employed? Your top three questions answered!
Pregnancy and maternity rights in the workplace are perhaps one of the most misunderstood areas of employment law for employers and individuals alike. As a result, all sorts of myths have grown up over the years. We often get queries… Read on
Shared parental pay and sex discrimination: another decision
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has allowed an appeal in a case brought by a police officer about the practice of paying employees on shared parental leave (SPL) only statutory shared parental pay, while female employees on maternity leave receive… Read on
Shared parental leave: on borrowed time?
Ben Power’s recent article for People Management asked, “why is nobody taking shared parental leave”? And he is not alone, it seems, in suggesting the UK’s newest type of parental leave, introduced in 2015, might not be fit for purpose.… Read on
Pregnancy and employment law: your top questions answered
Many myths have grown up around the legal rights of those who are pregnant and on maternity leave, it can be hard to sort the facts from the fiction. In this article we answer some of the most common questions… Read on