Shared Parental Leave/Time/Work/Antenatal

15th April 2014
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Shared Parental Leave

Introduction

The Children & Families Act 2014 (“the Act”) has now received Royal Assent.  The Act contains a number of employment law changes including a new system of shared parental leave and the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees.  The extension of the right to request flexible working is intended to come into force as soon as the 30th June 2014.

Shared Parental Leave

The Act creates a new right to shared parental leave and pay for eligible working parents.

All employed women continue to be eligible for statutory maternity leave and statutory maternity pay or maternity allowance in the same way as currently.  However if a mother chooses to bring her leave or pay or her allowance to an early end, eligible working parents can share the balance of the remaining leave and pay as shared parental leave and pay, up to a total of 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay.  Eligible adopters can also use the new system for shared parental leave and pay.

The Act also introduces changes to the existing adoption leave and pay regime, extending it to include prospective parents in the “fostering for adoption” system, and intended parents in a surrogacy arrangement who are eligible and intend to apply for, a parental order.  Adoption leave and pay will also reflect entitlements available to birth parents from April 2015, such as no qualifying period for entitlement to leave and statutory adoption pay being raised to 90% of salary for the first six weeks.

The government intends the arrangements for shared parental leave and pay to come into effect in relation to babies due and children matched or placed for adoption on or after the 5th April 2015.

Time off Work for Anti-Natal Care

The Act creates a new right for employees and qualifying agency workers to take unpaid time off work to attend up to two anti-natal appointments with a pregnant woman.  The right is available to the pregnant woman’s husband, civil partner or partner (including same-sex partners), the father or parent of a pregnant woman’s child, and intended parents in a surrogacy situation who meet specified conditions.  Provision is also made for paid and unpaid time off work for adopters to attend meetings in advance of a child being placed with them for adoption.  The government intends these provisions to come into effect from the 1st October 2014.

Right to Request Flexible Working

The Act extends the right to request flexible working to all employees from the 30th June 2014.  It also removes the statutory process that employers must currently follow when considering requests for flexible working.  In future there will be a duty on employers to consider requests in a “reasonable” manner.  ACAS has published a draft code and guidance on flexible working to help employers prepare for changes in the law.

If you require any advice or guidance on any of these subjects or any employment law related issue then please do not hesitate to contact Daven Naghen on 01775 722261 or email daven.naghen@maplessolicitors.com or write to Dav at Maples Solicitors LLP 23 New Road Spalding Lincolnshire PE11 1DH.


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Maples supporting Macmillan Coffee Morning

On 29th September 2017 Maples Solicitors LLP will be hosting a coffee morning as part of Macmillan’s “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning”.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 10:00am until 1:00pm and all donations received will go to Macmillan Cancer Support to assist them with providing medical, emotional, practical and financial support to those facing cancer and their families.

At the same time, Maples will also be running a free Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate clinic so that whilst you are in the office you may take the opportunity to discuss any of these with one of the Private Client Team with no obligation to commit. You can use the time to raise any questions you may have about making a Will, who you could appoint as Executors, whether you need a Power of Attorney or how a Power of Attorney works, for example.

Maples hope to see their existing clients join them for the coffee morning and very much look forward to meeting new people- everyone is welcome!

If you would like to discuss any matters in relation to Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney or any Probate related matters prior to the coffee morning then please contact one of the lawyers in our private client team:-

Jane Mawer- jane.mawer@maplessolicitors.com
Jamie Dobbs- jamie.dobbs@maplessolicitors.com
Faye Blair- faye.blair@maplessolcitors.com

Or telephone the office on 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team.

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