Maternity, Paternity and Flexible Working

Employers likely know that most employees have the right to up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave. However, the laws and regulations governing maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave are long and complex.

There is now the additional right to shared parental leave introduced for parents whose baby is born on or after 5th April 2015; shared parental leave does not have to be taken in one block so an employee could request to take their leave in separate periods up to 52 weeks after the baby is born making it harder for employers to manage and monitor what time off employees are entitled to and what they should be paid.

All employees who have 26 weeks’ continuous service with you now have the right to request flexible working.

Employers must follow a statutory process in dealing with the requests and all requests must be treated ‘reasonably’. An employer can refuse a request if they have a good business reason for doing so.

Square Peg can help you by providing advice and support for any issues arising around maternity/paternity and flexible working. By having the right policies in place together with the appropriate and compliant documentation, we will help you negotiate your way through the maze of maternity/paternity and flexible working regulations.