Maternity Leave / Pay

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HR Law's "need to know" guide to new laws in 2013

Now that the festive period is over and everyone in Government is back at their desks, employment lawyers and HR professionals alike can brace themselves for what will be an action-packed year of employment law reform.  Here are the highlights: ...

Pregnancy and Redundancy: What should you be expecting?

One of the trickiest areas of employment law can be going through a redundancy process where some of the affected employees are pregnant or on maternity leave.  This is a complex area of law, and it can be very difficult to navigate if the employer is...

Auntie looks at the carry-over of annual leave due to sickness and maternity leave

Dear Auntie, I am a HR Manager and am unsure of what the law currently prescribes in relation to the carrying over of annual leave that remains untaken at the end of the year due to sickness or maternity leave. Our current company policy dictates that a...

Auntie looks at service contracts

Dear Aunty I have recently taken over the HR function at a carpet business. The company engages around 50 self-employed carpet fitters who do the carpet fitting jobs that we arrange for them. We provide the tools, insurance and uniforms, but then deduct...

Auntie advises on maternity and sex discrimination issues affecting redundancy decisions

Dear Auntie Unfortunately, our company is planning to make an employee from our sales team redundant.  The sales team is headed by a manager who works with one male and one female assistant but we now only have enough work for one assistant. The...

New Year, New Problems

New year, new problems.. 2010 saw key developments in case law which Ozlem Kulle and Helen Besch outline in their articles. This article highlights key cases that are likely to be decided in 2011. Age discrimination The ECJ is considering in the German...

Baby bonuses: Top Tips on the payment of bonuses whilst employees are on maternity leave

Determining whether a bonus is payable (in part or at all) to an employee who has been absent from work on maternity leave is a complex issue, and failure to make or pro-rate a bonus payment to an employee on maternity leave could possibly give rise to a...

From Here to Maternity: ECJ pushes the boundaries of Family Friendly Rights

Rights for working mums received a major boost recently when the High Court ruled that the UK ’s current maternity regime does not comply with EU law.  Hot on the heels of the revised maternity laws which took effect from April this year as...

'M' is for Maternity

At present there are two sets of rights for pregnant employees, one for those whose babies are due on or before 31 March 2007 and another for those whose babies are due on or after 01 April 2007 .  This dual system has come about because of a recent...

There's no use crying over spilt milk - how will the Work and Families Act 2006 affect you?

On 1 October 2006, the Work and Families Act 2006 was introduced.  This made some important changes to the law on maternity and adoption leave which, as set out below, will need to be reflected in employers’ maternity and adoption policies.  ...

Stopping the brain drain

It is a truth universally acknowledged (by those within the HR function at any rate) that wise and thoughtful investment in people is at the root of progress in any business.  Getting the obvious across to the profit-hungry number-crunchers at the top...

Proposed new paternity rights - Who's left holding the baby?

The government has just announced its new family friendly proposals, following extensive consultation. They will appear in the Work and Families Bill. The new / changed laws will be introduced in April 2007. The proposal includes extending Statutory...

Maternity Rights: Staying ahead of the game

With Labour being voted in for its third term, a new legislative programme for the first parliamentary session was set out in the Queen’s Speech on 17 May 2005. This proposes no less than 45 new Bills. Importantly for HR advisors and employers, the...

Top Tips on dealing with benefits during maternity leave

Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML) – The first 26 weeks • All contractual rights continue during OML, apart from the right to remuneration. So, subject to the employee’s contract, she is not entitled to be paid salary during this period. ...

Top Tips on dealing with an employee who tells you she's pregnant

Before maternity leave begins • Appear genuinely pleased and supportive. This is likely to be a stressful time for the employee and you should make her feel that she can enjoy the experience of being pregnant, even whilst working, and that your...