Families with two parents working full time at the national living wage are 11% (£49 per week) short of the income needed to afford an acceptable standard of living, it has been claimed.
With statistics suggesting autumn is the most popular season to give birth, Beverley Sunderland clarifies some lesser known maternity rights that often get misinterpreted or overlooked.
Research by University College London suggests that the shared parental leave scheme is failing, with financial implications and strict eligibility criteria creating barriers for many new parents. But there are ways the scheme can be saved.
The number of new fathers taking paternity leave fell for the first time in five years last year, while almost three times more women took maternity leave.
We discuss the recent decision of Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police and another, in which the EAT considered the question of whether or not employers are required to enhance statutory shared parental pay where maternity pay is enhanced.
Keeping on top of employment law developments can feel like a full-time job for HR professionals, but that's just the rules and regulations that get passed. What about those pledges and policies that are still to get off the ground?
One in four (23%) men who became a father last year were not eligible to receive statutory paternity pay.
Organisations with 250 staff or more are being urged to publish their shared parental leave policies on their websites to improve transparency and encourage competition on pay.
Recent tribunal decisions have provided some guidance on the legalities of offering enhanced maternity but not enhanced shared parental pay. But that does not mean employers avoid the risk of discrimination completely. Elizabeth Marshall and George Fellows explain.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to family-friendly rights and support.