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Maternity + paternity rights for employers
As an employer, it’s important that you stay on top of the latest developments in maternity leave rules, as well as any new legislation affecting paternity rights and shared parental leave.
In the UK, female employees are guaranteed certain maternity rights by law if they become pregnant. But expectant fathers are gaining more and more in the way of paternity entitlements too.
To help you support your employees who are expecting children, our expert maternity and paternity law solicitors can advise you on the following:
- Statutory maternity + paternity leave entitlements
- Maternity pay rules + agreements
- Pregnant employees taking time off for scans + antenatal appointments
- Risk assessments for pregnant employees
- Contact with employees during parental leave
- Avoiding unfair treatment during pregnancy and gender discrimination claims
- Shared parental leave
Maternity leave – minimum statutory requirements
If your employee is pregnant, she is guaranteed up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave which she can take as a continuous period of absence before or following the birth of her child.
During this time, it’s your responsibility as an employer to make sure she keeps all her usual benefits and privileges (other than pay) which she is entitled to as a member of your organisation so you are not the recipient of any sex discrimination allegations.
Maternity rights and parental leave are a complex area of law which employers should pay serious consideration.
To speak to our employment law solicitors in Bristol and South Gloucestershire about any aspect of maternity + paternity leave, pay or workplace policy, call us on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.