Maternity in 2011 – Progress?

The 2010 Equality Act is the latest in a line of legislation to enshrine maternity rights in the workplace. However the first maternity rights appeared in legislation in the 1975 Employment Protection Right.

There is a comprehensive range of family friendly legislation such as maternity, paternity, adoption, parental leave, flexible working and emergency leave. Why is that even with all these mechanisms that we still a raft of tribunal claims citing breaches by employers, these claims can be as extreme as those of Lisa Needham from Glasgow on Victoria Derbyshire’s 5 Live show of 8th November 2011, who following informing her employers that she was pregnant was demoted, the impact of this meant that she decided to abort her baby. [Read more…]

Employment Law Calendar 2011

Additional Paternity Leave and Pay

Additonal paternity leave and pay allows fathers to benefit from up to 26 weeks’ additional paternity leave if the mother returns to work before using her full entitlement to statutory maternity leave. The new right is available to parents of children with an expected week of childbirth beginning on or after 3rd April 2011. [Read more…]

The Employment Rights Debate

The new coalition government are considering changing the qualifying period for an employee being able to instigate tribunal proceedings from 1 year to 2 years, this is in response to the view from the business community that the tribunal system is biased to employees allowing for scope to bring spirious and claims without foundation.

Consequently companies are being exposed to huge costs to defend claims which have limited or no foundation. This situation is also being fuelled by the the no win no fee legal brigade knowing that the impact on costs, resource and reputation is driving organisations to settle claims rather than proceed all the to a full blown tribunal hearing.