Rights for Working Parents and Carers
Given the complexity of parental rights, employers could be forgiven for not knowing what to do when one of their employees is pregnant or becomes responsible for a child. With tribunals making large awards against employers who ignore the rules, you cannot afford to stick your head in the sand.
You need to be clear about the rights of either sex and your responsibilities as an employer if you are going to minimise disruption to your business and prevent disputes.
Working parents or carers can often take different types of time off. This briefing sets out your employees’ rights and your duties towards them. It covers:
- Ordinary maternity leave and additional maternity leave.
- Paternity leave, additional paternity leave and adoption leave.
- Leave for parents.
- Time off for dependants, such as carer leave.
- How to avoid the legal pitfalls.