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Is Enhanced Maternity Pay Discriminatory?

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that it is not discriminatory to pay men on shared parental leave less than an enhanced rate of maternity pay paid to women on maternity leave. In this article, Emma Roberts, looks at the case and highlights the key points to take away.

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How Do Employers Juggle Working Parents?

As the school holidays approach, working parents cross their fingers that their childcare plans hold. In this article I look at what employers need to consider when it comes to flexibility for working parents.

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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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Shared Parental Leave: The Three Companies Leading the Way

With productivity being a subject of great debate, it has led to many suggesting that benefits packages are the way to go in order to motivate staff, especially those with a “millennial work ethic”. Essentially, millennials want to see a direct impact and return for their efforts and, more often than not, value family over work. Therefore, enticing benefits such as Shared Parental Leave (“SPL”) is a sure way to retain top talent.

In this article we look at three parental leave packages you could aspire to use.

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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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Should shared parental leave pay reflect enhanced maternity pay?

Shared parental leave hasn’t had much press since its introduction in 2015. Most news-worthy stories simply commented upon the apparent lack of uptake, with new father’s not exercising their right to take such leave. One such report suggested that less than 1% of fathers had taken shared parental leave, speculating that the low uptake might be due to the fact that some employers paid enhanced maternity pay to mothers but shared parental leave pay was not comparable.

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