Pregnancy, Maternity and Family Leave

The employment rules, rights and benefits for pregnancy, maternity leave and other family leave can be baffling. They are also constantly changing. We understand you want to do the right thing for both your employee and your business.

Pregnancy, maternity and family HR advice

Pregnancy and maternity leave

Your employee will enjoy many rights during her pregnancy, maternity leave and when she returns to work. For instance, she will have the right to paid time off for ante-natal appointments, to continue to accrue benefits during her maternity leave and to work for up to 10 keep-in-touch days during her pregnancy. You must also do regular health and safety assessments from when you learn of her pregnancy through to when she stops breast feeding. Some rights and entitlements depend on a minimum level of service or pay. For more details please click here.

It is so important to follow the law in this area. If you don’t, you could find yourself with a hugely expensive discrimination claim. There is no limit to the amount of compensation that can be awarded for discrimination. Besides, if you treat your employees well, they are much more likely to want to return to work.

We will explain your employee’s rights to you. We will provide simple, easy to follow correspondence and procedures, clearly written in plain English. We will help you to act legally and maintain a good relationship with your employee.

Family leave

It’s not just pregnant employees who have the right to time off for family matters. Employees are also entitled to time off for paternity leave, parental leave, adoption leave and dependent’s leave.

In April 2015, Shared Parental Leave was introduced. Mothers and primary adopters can choose to come back to work early from maternity leave or adoption leave. Their unused leave can be converted into Shared Parental Leave. This leave can then be shared or swapped between the two partners.

Planning ahead

Whatever family leave your employee wants to take, we can talk you through their rights and show you how to plan for their absence. We will help you introduce easy steps to encourage them return to work. We will also review your benefits package and suggest cost effective ways to help your employees.

We are proud to be associated with Taxing Nannies, who specialise in payroll services for families that employ people directly, such as nannies or carers. They have produced an excellent guide to childcare options which any new or expectant parent would benefit from reading. If you would like a copy, please contact us.

Creating a good work and family life balance is important to everyone. Contact Parallel HR today to find out what we can do together to help.