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From 5 April 2015, eligible employees will have the right to opt into a new system of shared parental leave.
New right for those in ‘qualifying relationship’ with a pregnant woman or her expected child to attend antenatal appointments
Employees and agency workers in a ‘qualifying relationship’ with a pregnant woman can now take unpaid time off work to accompany the woman to antenatal appointments.
A recent maternity case (Smith-Twigger v Abbey Protection Group) has illustrated the importance of maintaining contact during the maternity-leave period.
Employers should be aware of a number of recent developments in the employment law arena.
ECJ confirms that commissioning mothers under surrogacy arrangements are not entitled to maternity leave
The ECJ has held that a woman who becomes a mother by way of a surrogacy arrangement does not have the right to maternity leave under the Pregnant Workers Directive.
Budget announcement — 19 March 2014: income tax and NICs, capital gains tax, employee incentives and pensions
Employees are likely to welcome the changes to the way in which they can access their pension savings in a defined-contribution scheme.
Acas has published the final draft of the statutory code of practice that will govern the new extended right to request flexible working.
Acas publishes final draft of statutory code of practice for handling flexible working requests and new non-statutory guidance
Acas has published the final draft of the statutory code of practice that will govern the right to request flexible working. It is accompanied by a more detailed non-statutory guide.