Parental Leave

The Right to Parental Leave The right to parental leave applies to all employees with a minimum of one year’s service who have parental responsibility.  The right comes to an end on the child’s fifth birthday or, in the case of an adopted child, the fifth anniversary of adoption.   The right is extended to age … Read more

1 in 7 women made redundant after maternity leave

According to a recent article in the Guardian newspaper, female employees are experiencing increasing levels of pregnancy-related discrimination in the workplace. Research commissioned by the law firm Slater & Gordon found that one in seven women surveyed had lost their job whilst on maternity leave, with 40% saying that their jobs had changed by the … Read more

Nick Clegg unveils government plans for flexible parental leave

Employment law is in the headlines again as Nick Clegg outlined Coalition plans to enact legislation which would allow parents to take flexible parental leave between them depending upon their personal circumstances. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) also sets out the results of its consultation process on flexible working hours for all … Read more

New plans will allow parents to share maternity leave

The Government have announced their intention to introduce a system of “flexible parental leave” which will allow fathers to take time off work and claim benefits if the mother chooses to return to employment. This new system would work well for families where the mother was the main breadwinner, as she would be able to … Read more