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

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

CitySprint – further case on gig economy

Hot on the heels of Uber, we report on an employment tribunal decision going against CitySprint, and a further nail in the coffin for the gig economy. Background This claim was brought by Maggie Dewhurst. As a CitySprint bicycle courier… 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

What are protected characteristics?

Protected characteristics are personal characteristics which are protected by discrimination law. The following characteristics are protected: Sex Race Disability Age Religion or belief Sexual orientation Transgender status To find out more about how these protected characteristics can give rise to… Read on

What are flexible working requests?

A flexible working request is a request to alter working times or conditions. Requests can be made for any reason, but need to be made in the correct format by employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service. Once a… Read on