Forcing a Christian to work on a Sunday

Is it lawful to force a Christian employee, with deeply held beliefs about the Sabbath, to work on a Sunday? Yes it is, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Mba v. London Borough of Merton. Background… Read on

Shared parental leave

In November 2012, the Government announced that it intended to introduce a new system of shared parental leave, overhauling the existing maternity leave and paternity leave provisions. Under the proposals, eligible employees would continue to be entitled to a maximum… Read on

Right to unpaid parental leave extended

From 7th April 2013, employees with at least one years service can apply to take a total of 18 weeks unpaid parental leave up to their child’s fifth birthday. Previously, working parents could take a total of 13 weeks leave… Read on

Parental leave and right to request flexible working

As anticipated in our blog of 19 October, the Government has now announced changes to the current rules on parental leave which will allow parents to share leave rights after the birth or adoption of a child from 2015. The… Read on

Will fathers be able to hold the baby?

Reports have suggested that the government may give fathers the right to take paid leave to look after a new baby, allowing mothers to return to work, just two weeks after giving birth. At present, fathers can take two weeks… Read on

Delay of parental leave increase

The UK Government has announced that it is taking advantage of the European Commission’s one year’s grace for implementing an increase from three to four months parental leave entitlement, which will now be implemented in March 2013.… Read on

What is parental leave?

Parental leave is often used as a loose term to cover a wide range of family-friendly employment rights. However it has a specific legal meaning. A parent, or someone with caring responsibility for a child, can seek a period of… Read on