MATERNITY LEAVE - 30.11.2023
No intention to return from maternity leave
Sometimes an employee will decide that they don’t want to return to work after maternity leave. If you find yourself in this situation, can you simply draw a line under their employment, or must the employee still formally resign?
MATERNITY RIGHTS - 19.10.2023
Statutory rights following pregnancy loss
Apparently, 63% of employers have no policy that sets out an employee’s rights following pregnancy loss. Why is it important to have this type of policy and what statutory rights does an employee have following a miscarriage or stillbirth?
WORK AND PARENTS - 19.10.2023
Dependants’ leave and sickness exclusion periods
Where a child or young person is sick, there may be an applicable “health exclusion period” during which time they can’t return to school. Is an employee entitled to take dependants’ leave if their child is off school for this reason?
MATERNITY - 04.10.2023
What happens after a second period of maternity leave?
An employee has notified you that they are pregnant again and will be taking a second period of maternity leave. Will they have the right to return to exactly the same job after the second period of maternity leave?
PATERNITY LEAVE - 20.09.2023
Employee “invents” children to take paternity leave
An employee writing anonymously on social media claimed that they’d invented the births of four children to fraudulently take paternity leave. How was this possible and what’s the easiest way to prevent this type of fraud?
PATERNITY LEAVE - 24.08.2023
What’s on the cards for parents?
Formal response. The government has confirmed that it intends to implement some key paternity leave changes. Currently, eligible employees are entitled to take two weeks’ statutory paternity leave (as a single block or two separate weeks) in the first eight weeks after the child’s birth. Notice of this intention must be given 15 weeks before the child’s birth. In due course, eligible employees will be able to take paternity leave within 52 weeks of the child’s birth and only need to give 28 days’ notice before each period of paternity leave is taken. They will still need to give notice of entitlement to take paternity leave 15 weeks before the child’s birth. Legislation to bring forward this change is expected this year. ...