Uber to give drivers and couriers sickness and maternity cover – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2018 in accidents, insurance, maternity leave, news, self-employment, sick leave by tracey

‘Uber is to provide additional protection for its drivers and couriers across Europe, including 70,000 in the UK, with limited insurance against sickness and injury as well as small maternity and paternity payments.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Shared Parental Leave: paying fathers and mothers different rates is discrimination – UK Police Law Blog

‘The Employment Appeal Tribunal has handed down judgment in the appeal case of Hextall v Leicestershire Police UKEAT/0139/17/DA. Mr Hextall is a police officer who took Shared Parental Leave. However, under the informal national policy that exists at the current time in relation to the payment of such leave, he was paid only at the statutory rate and not the enhanced rate paid to mothers taking maternity leave.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 3rd May 2018

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com

Do more than the bare minimum on parental leave, chambers told – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 9th, 2018 in barristers, flexible working, maternity leave, news, paternity leave by tracey

‘The Bar Council has urged chambers to go beyond the bare minimum in supporting parental leave and hopes its new guide will encourage caring responsibilites to be more fairly divided.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th February 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB proposes change to its rules to require chambers to allow all self-employed barristers access to parental leave – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 26th, 2017 in barristers, maternity leave, news, paternity leave, self-employment by tracey

‘At its meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed to change the equality rules to enable all self-employed barristers in chambers to take parental leave, regardless of whether their spouse or partner takes parental leave.’

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Bar Standards Board, 26th May 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Maternity leave sackings cost £280m a year, says equality watchdog – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2016 in employment, equality, maternity leave, news, pregnancy, redundancy, sex discrimination by sally

‘British businesses are losing hundreds of millions of pounds every year as a result of women being forced out of jobs after having a baby, a damning report from the equalities watchdog has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rise in women facing discrimination on taking maternity leave – The Guardian

‘New mothers are facing increasing discrimination when they take maternity leave including being made redundant and switched to zero-hours contracts.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2016

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Back from maternity: Five common challenges and how to overcome them – The Lawyer

Posted July 26th, 2016 in employment, legal profession, maternity leave, news, women by sally

‘The job, the team and the clients may all be the same, but most female lawyers who I talk to on their return to work tell me that it’s the new challenges they face which can make it harder than they anticipated to feel like the balance between work, family and career is right.’

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The Lawyer, 26th July 2016

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Childcare vouchers and maternity leave – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling on childcare vouchers is at odds with the approach taken by most employers.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th May 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The Bar and shared parental leave – Cloisters

‘Since Shared Parental Leave (SPL) came into force a year ago on 5 April 2015, I have written, lectured and advised widely about this new legal entitlement. The people I have not engaged with much about SPL are barristers – for the key reason that as self-employed professionals rather than employees, they are excluded from this legal entitlement.’

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Cloisters, 7th April 2016

Source: www.cloisters.com

Guest Blog: Rachel Crasnow QC on the Bar and shared parental leave – The Bar Council

Posted April 8th, 2016 in barristers, maternity leave, paternity leave, press releases by tracey

‘Rachel Crasnow QC, who practises in employment law at Cloisters chambers and is the Chair of the Bar Council Legislation & Guidance Panel, looks at why Shared Parental Leave, which came into force a year ago, could be relevant to barristers and why it shouldn’t be ignored by the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 7th April 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Working grandparents to share parental leave and pay – BBC News

Posted October 5th, 2015 in grandparents, maternity leave, news, paternity leave by sally

‘Working grandparents will be allowed to take time off and share parental leave pay to help care for their grandchildren, the government has said.’

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BBC News, 4th October 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Maternity leave discrimination means 54,000 women lose their jobs each year – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2015 in equality, maternity leave, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘Women returning from maternity leave are more likely to face discrimination in the workplace than they were a decade ago, according to a report published today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Architect accused by boss of ‘maternity paranoia’ wins £250k payout – Daily Telegraph

‘Tribunal hears Julie Humphryes felt she was being ‘marginalised by the company’ while she was on maternity leave.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th June 2015

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Shared parental leave rules come into force in UK amid small business fear – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2015 in adoption, employment, maternity leave, news, parental rights, paternity leave by sally

‘New rules heralding Scandinavian-style shared parental leave of up to 50 weeks come into force this weekend as concerns continue that many employers are not ready for the “complicated and challenging” changes.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Maternity leave: a fair deal for returning mothers? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 2nd, 2014 in employment, maternity leave, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘Six out of ten mothers think their careers were “derailed” and they faced open discrimination after becoming pregnant, new research by Slater & Gordon has revealed.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 2nd September 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

No maternity rights for commissioning mother in surrogacy case – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 28th, 2014 in EC law, equality, maternity leave, news, surrogacy by sally

‘The European Court (CJEU) has now considered two requests for preliminary ruling made in proceedings between intended mothers (also referred to as a commissioning mother) who have had babies through a surrogacy arrangement, and their employers concerning the refusal to grant them paid leave following the birth of the babies. It has replied that EU law does not provide for commissioning mothers to be entitled to paid leave equivalent to maternity leave or adoption leave.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th March 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

No maternity rights for surrogate parents? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘In the recent cases of CD v ST and Z v A Government Department and the Board of Management of a Community School, the ECJ clarified the EU position regarding the protections and benefits that should be afforded to mothers having children through surrogacy arrangements.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 26th March 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Children and Families Act 2014

Children and Families Act 2014 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Betriu Montull v Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS) – WLR Daily

Betriu Montull v Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS) (Case C-5/12); [2013] WLR (D) 354

“Council Directives 92/85/EEC of 19 October 1992 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding and 76/207/EEC of 9 February 1976 on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion, and working conditions did not preclude a national measure which provided that the father of a child, who was an employed person, was entitled, with the consent of the mother, who was also an employed person, to take maternity leave for the period following the compulsory leave of six weeks which the mother had to take after childbirth except where her health would be at risk, whereas a father of a child who was an employed person was not entitled to take such leave where the mother of his child was not an employed person and was not covered by a State social security scheme.”

WLR Daily, 19th September 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

CPD guidance for barristers taking parental leave – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 11th, 2013 in barristers, codes of practice, maternity leave, parental rights, press releases by tracey

“The Bar Standards Board has produced a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guide to assist barristers who are taking, or are planning to take, a period of parental leave.”

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Bar Standards Board, 6th September 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk