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Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Act 2021

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021

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High Court: Covid self-employed support scheme does not unlawfully discriminate against women – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (The Motherhood Plan and Anor) v HM Treasury [2021] EWHC 309 (Admin). In a judgment handed down on 17 February 2021, the High Court has ruled that the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (“the Scheme”) introduced during the coronavirus pandemic does not indirectly discriminate against self-employed women who have taken a period of leave relating to maternity or pregnancy in the last three tax years.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2021

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Government agrees to call pregnant ministers ‘mothers’ – The Independent

‘The government has agreed to change the wording in its new maternity leave legislation from referring to “pregnant people” to “mothers” after the phrasing was rejected by the House of Lords – despite gender-neutral language being government convention.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2021

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MPs pass ‘long overdue’ bill for ministers’ paid maternity leave – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2021 in bills, maternity leave, news, parliament, pregnancy by tracey

‘MPs have voted to give ministers formal paid maternity leave for the first time, hailed as an “important and long overdue change” as the government pledged to bring forward more sweeping maternity protections before the summer recess.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2021

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Sharing or Caring? The Delineation of UK Parental Rights – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘Following the Supreme Court’s refusal to permit an appeal in Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall, the Court of Appeal’s earlier judgment remains binding. In a case which brings the paradoxes inherent in the UK’s system of workplace parental rights into sharp focus, the Court held that it is not discriminatory to pay a man on shared parental leave (SPL) less than an enhanced rate of maternity pay paid to a woman on maternity leave (ML).’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 7th April 2020

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Solicitor wife compensated on divorce for career loss – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who sacrificed possible partnership at a magic circle law firm to have children has been awarded an extra £400,000 in her divorce settlement with an equity partner at the same firm.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd March 2020

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Chambers should “be generous” on parental leave – Legal Futures

Posted November 8th, 2019 in barristers, maternity leave, news, paternity leave by tracey

‘Chambers should give barristers the right to return to work after two or three years of parental leave, the Western Circuit Women’s Forum (WCWF) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2019

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Not discrimination to pay male officers less for shared parental leave than female officers on maternity leave – UK Police Law Blog

‘The Court of Appeal in (1) Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali & (2) Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall [2019] EWCA Civ 900, has overturned the Employment Appeal Tribunal and held that employees do not unlawfully discriminate against men when when paying them less for shared parental leave than they pay women when taking enhanced maternity pay as part of maternity leave. Such claims are not sex discrimination claims but equal terms claims, to be brought under the Equal Pay Act 1970, which are bound to fail because they relate to terms of work affording special treatment to woman in connection with pregnancy of childbirth. An appeal to the Supreme Court is possible.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 29th May 2019

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Maternity rights bill could make things worse, campaigner says – BBC News

‘A bill which aims to protect women’s jobs when they return to work after giving birth will have little impact, a pregnancy rights campaigner says.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2019

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Commons approves proxy voting trial for new parents – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2019 in maternity leave, news, parliament, paternity leave by sally

‘MPs have unanimously voted to implement a year-long trial of proxy voting for MPs on parental leave.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2019

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Pregnant women to get more job protection – BBC News

Posted January 25th, 2019 in maternity leave, news, paternity leave, pregnancy, redundancy by tracey

‘Pregnant women and parents returning to work will receive greater protection from redundancy under new plans. The government proposes extending legal protection against redundancy for pregnant women for six months after they return to work.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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