Employers should plan and budget for new rules from 6 April 2020 which say that an employee who is the parent of a child who dies before reaching 18, or who suffers a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy, is entitled to parental bereavement leave.
Maternity, paternity and adoption
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Does anyone understand shared parental leave?
People Management, April 2015, p.42-43
Carly Chynoweth provides clarification on some of the complex eligibility rules for the new shared parental leave legislation in force from 5 April 2015.
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Case law: Supreme Court agrees it is not discriminatory to pay fathers on shared parental leave less than mothers on maternity leave – at least if the shared parental leave is only for 14 weeks
Employers offering enhanced contractual maternity pay to mothers are not guilty of direct or indirect discrimination, and are not breaching equal pay rules, if they fail to give enhanced pay to fathers taking shared parental leave as well, the Supreme Court has confirmed.
Case law: Settlement agreement with pregnant employee must specify statutory maternity pay otherwise not covered
Employers settling claims by pregnant employees who want the settlement agreement to cover statutory maternity pay (SMP) must expressly mention it in the agreement, otherwise it will not be covered and the employee will be able to claim it separately.
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Maternity and paternity
This chapter of the handbook looks at the maternity and paternity rights applying to employees including: maternity, paternity and adoption pay; maternity, paternity and adoption leave; shared parental leave and pay; time off for antenatal care. Contains sample policies and letters.
Working hours and holidays
This chapter looks at the Working Time Regulations 1998; annual holidays; parental leave; Sunday working; the employment of schoolchildren; and flexible working.
Maternity/paternity rights, Adoption leave and pay, flexible working for parents and carers
These sections of the chapter on employment law cover the rights of working parents including maternity and paternity leave and pay; shared parental leave and pay; adoption leave and pay, flexible working for carers and parents; time off for dependents; and the right to return to work after maternity leave.
It'll cost you...
The article offers advice on legislation related to human resources (HR) compliance in Great Britain. Topics include dealing with discrimination law, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment Regulations (TUPE) related to service provision, and flexible working regulations. Also noted are employment law related to religion, shared parental leave (SPL) regulations, and the need for written records of employee discipline and grievance procedures..
Most employment rights 'indispensable', says businesses. Survey finds majority want to avoid post-Brexit 'bonfire'
The article reports on the results of a survey to determine what laws employers feel are indispensable, despite Great Britain withdrawing from the European Union. It mentions unfair dismissal laws, minimum wage laws, as well as those laws regarding parental leave.
How can employers do more to support working fathers?
The article presents the views of employee benefit professionals Paula Cunnington, Jeremy Davies, Megan Jarvie on how employers can help support working fathers. Cunnington notes the benefits of shared parental pay, and the need to implement reforms in paternal leaves and flexible working hours for dads according to Davies. Moreover, Jarvie also noted the significance Young Dads Collective program which helps young fathers to cope up with parenthood.
Statutory leave and time off
Collection of guidance from GOV.UK aimed at employers.
Flexible working requests (Acas)
Short video on changes of contract, flexible working, and reducing hours after returning from maternity leave.
Shared parental leave documents (Acas)
Templates and forms for employers, including confirmation letters and a sample shared parental leave policy.
Parents and carers (Acas)
Information on maternity, paternity and shared parental leave, employment rights for fathers, surrogacy rights and time off for dependents.
Shared parental leave and pay (Acas)
Good practice guide covering key considerations for both employees and employers. Appendices provide information required in a notice of entitlement and a checklist for arranging SPL.
Pregnancy, maternity and paternity leave
Guidance and factsheets from Working Families, the work-life balance organisation.
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