MATERNITY - 13.10.2020
Pregnancy loss and statutory maternity pay
An employee has notified you that she’s suffered a loss of pregnancy, a situation that must be handled sensitively. Is she entitled to take any maternity leave and receive statutory maternity pay (SMP)?
TIME OFF - 08.09.2020
What do you need to know about parental leave?
Parental leave enables some parents to take time off work to look after their children, and it’s in addition to statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave. Who qualifies and how much time off do you have to provide?
SICKNESS ABSENCE - 13.07.2020
Postnatal depression after maternity leave
According to the NHS, postnatal depression affects over one in ten women and can start at any time in the first year after giving birth. What’s the legal position if an employee due back from maternity leave fails to return because she has postnatal depression?
DISCRIMINATION - 02.07.2020
£4,000 award for antenatal appointment comment
An employee who rushed back to work after her boss said that she’d “taken too many antenatal appointments” has been awarded £4,000 by the tribunal. Is there a limit on the number of appointments a pregnant employee is entitled to take?
STATUTORY PARENTAL BEREAVEMENT PAY - 11.06.2020
Supporting bereaved parents
A new statutory payment for bereaved parents came into force on 6 April 2020. Given the coronavirus pandemic, it’s rather slipped under the radar, so what do you need to know about it?
MATERNITY RIGHTS - 18.05.2020
New hire awarded £23,000 for email sacking
An employee who was sacked by email after she took sickness absence in her first week’s employment has been awarded £23,000 by the tribunal. New hires can’t claim unfair dismissal, so why did she receive such a big award?