The Government’s announces their intention to make Paternity Leave and Pay more flexible to increase the uptake of fathers taking paternity leave.
The Neonatal Care Bill will allow parents to take up to 12 weeks’ paid leave to enable them to spend more time with their baby if it is receiving neonatal care
Time Off For Fertility Treatment. The Bill will give employees the statutory right to take paid time off work to attend fertility treatment
Shared Parental Leave will be extended to grandparents meaning parents will be able to share up to 50 weeks of leave with a nominated working grandparent.
A new package of support for people who want to adopt, which includes a new right for adoptive parents to take time off work to meet the child they are set to adopt before the child moves in with them, and improvements to statutory adoption leave and pay will become a legal right from April 2015.
From 1 October 2014 fathers and a pregnant woman’s partner will have a new right to attend ante-natal appointments with the pregnant woman.
Read my overview of the new right.
Shared parental leave applies in relation to babies due on or after 5 April 2015. The first women who will benefit from shared parental leave will shortly be informing their employers about their pregnancy and asking questions about the new right.
Read my overview of the key elements of this new regime,
The issue of maternity rights for surrogate parents has recently caused confusion with two Advocates General to the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) giving conflicting guidance.
Read my overview of the differing opinions of the Court’s advisers.
Woman who had termination after being demoted to waitress wins sexual discrimination. The restaurant manager told a tribunal how she had an abortion when she was demoted to a waitress after telling bosses she was pregnant.
Barmaid dismissed by text message whilst on maternity leave wins £8,500, she was not given notice and had not been given a contract of employment.