Category Archives: Paternity and Parental Rights

Pregnancy, maternity and redundancy: Your questions answered

What do you need to know? In a recent case before the Southampton Employment Tribunal, beauty company, Liz Earle (based near our Head Office on the Isle of Wight), was found to have discriminated against a former employee because of her pregnancy.   The case against the well-known beauty brand was reported widely in the national […]

Charity calls for extension of time off for fathers of premature babies

The neonatal charity, Bliss and BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates recently published the results of a survey which asked fathers of premature and sick babies about their experiences at work. 77% of the fathers reported that they are not given enough time off work and around 10% said that they had to leave their job […]

Redundancy and Maternity Leave: Reforms on the Horizon?

Proposals announced to enhance protections available to parents returning to work The Government launched a consultation on Friday 25th January 2019 with regards to proposals aimed at giving greater protection against redundancy to pregnant women and new mothers. The law currently provides that, if a woman on maternity leave is selected for redundancy, she is […]

Shared Parental Leave and Direct Sex Discrimination

Is an employer obliged to pay enhanced pay for shared parental leave? In June 2017, we reported on the Podcast about an Employment Tribunal case where a male employee, Mr Ali, successfully claimed direct sex discrimination when his employer refused to pay him enhanced shared parental leave pay. You can listen here. Mr Ali’s employer appealed […]

Breastfeeding & sex discrimination

Failing to carry out an appropriate risk assessment for a breastfeeding employee can be sex discrimination In the recent case of Otero Ramos v Servicio Galego de Saude, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) had to decide whether a defective risk assessment carried out for a breastfeeding employee can give rise to an inference of […]

A Focus on Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave (SPL): Your Questions Answered This article follows my series about Shared Parental Leave answering the key questions and breaking down the procedure for you. In this article I will deal with questions about how Shared Parental Leave works. How do I work out how much shared parental leave an employee is entitled […]

Shared Parental Leave: Who is eligible to take Shared Parental Leave?

Determining eligibility for Shared Parental Leave (SPL) This is the first in a series of articles about Shared Parental Leave answering the key questions and breaking down the procedure for you. In this article I will deal with the first step to take when an employee enquires about Shared Parental Leave which is to establish […]

Paternity Pay comparisons to Maternity Pay

Paternity and Maternity Pay  In many organisations it is common for an Employer to offer their female employees some form of enhanced maternity pay which goes over and above the legal minimum that has to be paid. The current statutory legal minimum maternity pay is 90% of pay for the first 6 weeks and then […]

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