I’m pregnant. What are my legal rights at work?

Finding out you are pregnant can create a whirlwind of emotions. For all the excitement, there’s also  anxiety about the unknown. When it comes to considering how pregnancy will affect your job and finances, confusion often reigns. In this article… Read on

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

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

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

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