WorkLife tagged with parental responsibility

Bereaved Parents’ Rights – New Bill

Bereaved Parents’ Rights – New Bill

It's hard to imagine the pain of losing a child but on top of that employees often have the added worry of whether they are allowed time off, how much time off and whether they will be paid for time off. 

Family-friendly rights – what does the future hold?

Family-friendly rights – what does the future hold?

Over the past few weeks, I had cause to consider the state of family friendly rights in the UK: how we got where we are, where we are now and what might happen in the future.  It has got me thinking.

A victory of sorts?

A victory of sorts?

Many of you will have seen the news reports this week regarding the case of David Snell successfully bringing a claim for sex discrimination in relation to payment during a period of shared parental leave. When I first read the reports, I was intrigued to see how the various arguments on whether discrimination had occurred played out, and whether any lessons could be learned. In particular, if indirect discrimination had been claimed, how was the justification defence presented?

Shared Parental Leave – a user’s perspective

Shared Parental Leave – a user’s perspective

I've just spent the last six weeks off work. Fully paid, with my partner and our newborn baby, and without taking a single day of annual leave. I've exercised my right to take shared parental leave (SPL) and I'm here to say that, for all its complexity and limitations, SPL is a good thing for new parents. But it could be much better.