Fathers to Share Parental Leave

The government has published the final details of its proposals to allow fathers to share parental leave and statutory pay.  From April 2015, once a new mother has taken her compulsory two-weeks off to recover from the birth of her baby, the remaining 50 weeks may be split between both parents. The Present System Currently … Read more

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

What employers and employees need to be aware of in 2013

Following a bumper crop of proposals from the Coalition Government in 2012, this year will see a raft of new legislation coming into force related to employment tribunals, family-friendly rights and employee-shareholder contracts to name just a few. Read our guide summarising some of the key updates that both employers and employees should be aware … Read more

Employment Law – what happened in 2012?

When everyone least expected it, 2012 became a dizzyingly busy year for employment legislation. There were periods over the last twelve months where at every turn there was a new government proposal, consultation process or amendment to employment legislation. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, headed up by Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, … 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