Shared parental leave: share the joy!

The government is spending £1.5 million on a new campaign to promote awareness of the right of parents to take shared parental leave. Although around 285,000 couples qualify for shared parental leave each year, it is believed the take up… Read on

New tax-free childcare scheme now available to all

HMRC announced on 14 February that it was finally starting to accept applications from all eligible parents for the government’s new tax-free childcare scheme – which can give up to £2,000 of help with childcare costs. Since 21 April 2017… Read on

Enhanced rights for parents of premature babies?

A London Council has become the first employer to offer enhanced leave to parents who have a premature baby. Waltham Forest council is introducing an extra week’s maternity and paternity leave for every week that parents of premature babies spend… 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

MPs demand maternity law shake up

The call of the Women and Equalities Committee for greater rights for new mothers and mothers to be is biting in its criticism of the current situation and wide ranging in its demands. In the report, the Committee condemns the… 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 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

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