We can advice on all aspects of Rights of Working Parents such as:
A right has been introduced for individuals who adopt a child (or for one member of a couple (where the couple adopts jointly) to take adoption leave. This is broadly similar to the provisions applicable to maternity leave.
Subject to certain criteria, parents and carers can apply for flexible working and there are regulations which set out how the employer is to deal with such applications.
Pregnant employees are entitled to 26 weeks ordinary maternity leave regardless of how long they have worked for their employer.
The ordinary maternity leave is normally paid leave. Notification has to be given to the employer that the employee is pregnant. In addition the employee must state when she wants the maternity leave to start.
Women who have been employed long enough can take Additional Maternity Leave for a further 26 weeks.
There are many rules relating to pay, anti-natal care, risk assessments, notices, the right to return to work and leave generally and we can advise you of your rights and obligations.
Employees who satisfy certain eligibility criteria are entitled to paternity leave, of either one or two weeks.
During their paternity leave, most employees are entitled to Statutory Paternity Pay from their employers.
This is distinct from Paternity Leave, and applies to men and women. Again it is subject to eligibility criteria.
Up to 13 weeks leave may be taken in respect of each child, although not all in one block.
There is no right to payment during a period of parental leave.
Special provisions apply in respect of parents of disabled children.