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.
Anyone whose child is due on or after 5 April 2015 will be eligible for the new benefit, which means parents are able to split 52 weeks of parental leave evenly if they wish. The leave can be taken in up to three separate blocks.
Read my overview of the key elements of the new regime.
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.
Manager Who Got Pregnant While Still On Maternity Leave Awarded Five Figure Sum For Sex Discrimination after she was made redundant when she got pregnant again while still on maternity leave.
Miscarriages, still births and premature births present a very sad set of circumstances for the HR hat wearer in any business.
Read my overview of the the rights a women has in the event of a miscarriage, still birth or premature birth to maternity leave.