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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

No sick pay, no maternity pay: Chancellor targets employers’ tax loophole that damages teachers’ and nurses’ rights – The Independent

Posted March 18th, 2013 in budgets, children, income tax, maternity leave, national insurance, news, sick leave by sally

“A tax loophole which allows firms to dodge around £100 million a year in National Insurance will be closed in the Budget, it was announced.”

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The Independent, 16th March 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Family Rights at Work – Cloisters

Posted February 15th, 2013 in employment, families, flexible working, maternity leave, news, paternity leave by sally

“The Government has published its response to the ‘Modern Workplaces’ consultation on the overhaul of family rights at work, including shared parental leave, extended flexible working and new rights for surrogate parents. Rachel Crasnow explains the issues.”

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Cloisters, 17th January 2013

Source: www.cloisters.com

Government plans for radical overhaul of family law would do little to help improve lives of vulnerable children, warn charities – The Independent

“Charities warned that Government plans for a radical overhaul of family law including the introduction of shared parental leave would do little to help improve the lives of the most vulnerable children.”

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The Independent, 5th February 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government acts to remove “gender bias” on parental leave and flexible working – OUT-LAW.com

“A new system of shared flexible parental leave will allow parents to choose how they share childcare responsibilities in the first year after a child’s birth, the Government has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Surrogacy mother launches maternity leave challenge – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 19th, 2012 in EC law, maternity leave, news, sex discrimination, surrogacy by sally

“A mother who had a baby through a surrogate has launched landmark legal action for the right to paid maternity leave.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk