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Refresher on family-friendly rights and the implications of Covid-19

While the predicted lockdown baby boom has not materialised and the birth rate is similar to 2020 (down just 0.5%), family caring responsibilities have been more evident in the last year as home-schooling affected many families and some children even made an appearance in professional video-calls.

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Breastfeeding At Work: What Employers Need To Know

Often employers do not know what their legal obligations are in relation to employees breastfeeding at work. In this article Emma Roberts explores the law, case law and what you can do to support your new mothers.

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A Guide For Employers: Family Friendly Working

From shared parental leave to part-time working, in this guide we explore five things all employers need to know about family friendly working.

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3 Things We Learnt In Law This Week (7 February 2019)

Consultation On Extending Redundancy Protection For New Parents

A recent study by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy found that one in nine returning to work after maternity leave were fired, made redundant, or treated in a manner which forced them to leave their job. The study also found that as many as 54,000 women per year are losing their jobs as a result of their pregnancy or maternity leave.

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What To Do When An Employee On Maternity Leave Wants To Go Part-Time?

A full-time employee on maternity leave has requested to return part-time. How do you handle the situation and what are the risks if you refuse?

Remember that all eligible employees can make a flexible working request. The right is not limited only to parents and carers. However, requests from employees on maternity leave will need to be treated carefully because of the risk of a sex discrimination claim.

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Advice for Employers on Accommodating Parents with Premature or Sick Babies

Every year, over 95,000 babies (or 1 in 8 babies born) are cared for in neonatal units in the UK due to premature birth or sickness. While some pregnancies inherently pose a higher risk for premature birth, such as twins and multiples, there is no guarantee a mother will be able to carry to-term.

Depending on how premature or sick the babies may be at birth, parents might find that their babies have to stay weeks or months in hospital, and some of these babies may continue to be at risk even after being discharged. In some cases, the babies may be transferred to a different or specialist hospital if the treatment or care they require is not available in the area in which they are born.

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LEGAL UPDATE: Failure to Provide Enhanced Share Parental Pay is NOT Sex Discrimination

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has decided that failure to pay a male employee enhanced shared parental pay, in circumstances where it paid enhanced pay to women on maternity leave, was not direct sex discrimination.  

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The Processes and Pitfalls of Dealing with Staff who are Taking Maternity Leave

With Samira on Maternity Leave from the end of today, we thought it was only fitting that our article this week covered this complex area of law. Family friendly rights, including leave and pay in relation to maternity are constantly evolving and growing as an area of employment law. In this article we aim to offer some clarity on this area and provide employers with some advice on the do’s and don’ts when dealing with staff taking maternity leave.  

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