Paternity pay rates considered in court

December 22, 2017 1 comment

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A claim that UK services company Capita discriminated against a new father has reached the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Madassar Ali’s wife developed postnatal depression after giving birth, and was encouraged to return to work as part of her recovery. This would mean Madassar becoming the stay-at-home parent for a period. The family hoped to take…

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Swiss Parliament to consider four weeks’ paternity leave

July 14, 2017 0 comments

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An initiative which would award four weeks’ paternity leave to Swiss fathers has been lodged with the country’s parliament. Entitled in translation ‘For reasonable paternity leave – in favour of all the family’, the initiative was developed by four organisations: feminist group Alliance F, men’s group männer.ch, employment group Travail Suisse and family organisation Pro…

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Gender pay gap responsible for low parental leave rates?

June 25, 2017 1 comment

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The gender pay gap could be responsible for the low levels of shared parental leave, according to a new survey. Introduced in 2015, this scheme allows parents to divide a year’s worth of maternity leave between them. Lawmakers hoped it would encourage fathers to be more involved in their children’s early lives. However, take-up has…

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Indian maternity law branded ‘elitist’

April 2, 2017 0 comments

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A new maternity law in India has been branded “elitist” by critics. Taking effect this week, the legislation extends the length of maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks. This actually gives the country a bigger allowance than the United States and France. However, despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling it “a step forward for…

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MPs demand parental leave reform

March 28, 2017 1 comment

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Forty-four MPs have demanded that the government do more to increase take-up of shared parental leave. This policy allows couples to share a year’s worth of leave after they have a child. It was designed to reduce the impact of parenthood on women’s careers. However since the scheme was introduced in 2015, very few people…

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UK maternity pay amongst the lowest in Europe

March 24, 2017 0 comments

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Rates of statutory maternity pay in the United Kingdom are amongst the lowest in Europe the TUC has claimed. Briitsh women are entitled to a total of 52 weeks’ maternity leave. The first six weeks are normally payable at 90 per cent of their regular wage. The rate then falls to just £139.58 a week…

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Scottish father wins paternity discrimination claim

October 4, 2016 0 comments

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A Scottish father has been awarded close to £30,000 after he was denied equal paternity pay. David Snell, from Glasgow, and his wife opted for shared parental leave when their baby was born. As the name suggests, the scheme allows parents to share a year’s worth of leave after the birth of a child. The…

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MP calls for parental ‘bereavement leave’

September 6, 2016 1 comment

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Conservative MP Will Quince has called for parents to be have guaranteed ‘bereavement leave’ when they lose a child. Under current law, if a child dies before they are six months old their parents can take two paid weeks away from work in order to come to terms with such a devastating loss. This is…

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