Editor's message: To comply with your duties towards employees who are pregnant or on maternity leave, you need to make sure that you observe the various legal aspects of maternity leave and pay.
However, going beyond the legal requirements will be of benefit to both your organisation and the employee. A well-managed maternity leave, where both parties are proactive in planning for the leave, can help to ensure that everyone knows their legal duties and rights, foster good relations between the employer and the employee, and ensure that there is appropriate cover in place for the employee's work during maternity leave. Treating the employee well before and during maternity leave can also encourage her to return to work after maternity leave.
Many employers also choose to provide enhanced benefits during maternity leave, the most popular option being to pay occupational maternity pay.
Bar Huberman, senior employment law editor
The run-up to April is typically a busy time of year for HR professionals, with new employment legislation due to come into force. 2017 is no exception, with the most significant development being the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting duty for larger employers. However, there are a number of other key changes affecting all employers, regardless of their size.
Additional information on the law on maternity leave and pay for NHS employers. To be read in conjunction with the general information on the law on maternity leave and pay.
Additional information on the law on maternity leave and pay for NHS employers in Scotland. To be read in conjunction with the general information on the law on pregnancy and maternity leave and pay.
We discuss what employers can do to help ensure that an employee's maternity leave runs smoothly, including communicating clearly on holiday entitlement and maternity pay.
What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2016? Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments for employers this year.
Updated to include the new statutory maternity pay rate and lower earnings limit in force from April 2017.
Updated to include the proposed rate of statutory maternity pay for 2017/18.
The Government has published the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay from April 2017.
Updated to include the proposed rate of statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance and the earnings threshold for 2017/18.
Updated to include the rate of the lower earnings limit for 2017/18.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to maternity leave and pay.