Clare Gregory, a Partner in our Sheffield office comments: There has been increasing publicity recently about the new shared parental leave regime which will, from 1 December 2014, for the first time, allow parents to share...more
The changes affect the areas of antenatal appointments, equal pay audits, national minimum wage, Reserve Forces membership, whistleblowing, and shared parental leave....more
Recently I had a conversation with my father about his options for parental leave when I was born (1979). As a new father myself, I was curious what leave options were open to baby-boomer Dads. My father told me that it was...more
The next year brings some major changes to family-friendly rights in the UK.
Shared system of parental leave and pay -
The current position in the UK is that:
Mothers are entitled to up to 52 weeks of...more
In Shuter v Ford Motor Company, an employment tribunal has held that a male employee was not discriminated against when he received only statutory pay during a period of additional paternity leave (APL) whereas a female...more
UK employers have four months to prepare for the Shared Parental Leave Regulations coming into force.
The UK’s Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 (the Regulations) are due to take effect on 1 December 2014. Shared...more
HIGHLIGHTS: France: Finding a buyer before a shut down - the "Florange" law -
As reported in February's Be Global, the French Government has introduced legislation (known as the "Florange" law) imposing an obligation...more
Last week, Minnesota passed the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), a nine-part law intended to break down barriers for women in the workplace. Of direct interest to employers, the law protects employees’ discussion about...more
On 13 May 2014 the Federal Government confirmed its election promise made in May 2013 to introduce a new paid parental leave (PPL) scheme from 1 July 2015.
However, the much publicised income threshold for maximum...more
On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), which amends a number of Minnesota laws concerning pregnancy, nursing, parenting leave, and familial...more
This week, the Minnesota Governor signed the Women’s Economic Security Act (“WESA”) into law. The WESA makes a sweeping variety of changes and additions to Minnesota law aimed at protecting women’s economic security. These...more
On Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014, Governor Dayton signed Minnesota’s new Women’s Economic Security Act into law. Employers should take note of the following provisions, some of which are effective immediately...more
Paternity leave is back in the spotlight after New York Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy, decided to take his contractually guaranteed three days of paternity leave for the birth of his son—a decision which resulted in his...more
UK employers need to be aware of several key dates for the act’s proposed changes.
On 13 March, the Children and Families Act 2014 received Royal Assent. This act will bring a number of changes for employers and...more
Vinita Arora, a partner in our London office, comments: the Government has published draft regulations which will implement a new system of shared parental leave to supplement the current maternity, adoption and paternity...more
Employers should re-examine their parental-leave policies in light of changing views of the father's role in the family. When considering such policies and whether they are unlawfully discriminatory, it is important to...more
2013 has been a significant year for UK employment law. In particular, an abundance of new legislation (both about substantive law and Employment Tribunal procedure) has heralded a number of important changes.
Maybe you saw this article “Standing Up for the Rights of New Fathers,” in the New York Times a few weeks ago about the new dad, a reporter for CNN, who filed a discrimination claim with the EEOC against Time Warner (CNN’s...more
Sandra Wallace, Partner and Employment group head, highlights the most important legislative and case law developments from 2013 and identifies the key cases to watch out for in 2014. ...more
A recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) claim by a male employee alleging that his employer’s paid time off policy for new parents is discriminatory on the basis of gender is a potential alert to employers...more
School is back in full swing and we thought it best to update our previous post addressing school-related leave requirements for employers. Many states require (or at least encourage) employers to provide short-term unpaid...more
With news about the new royal baby, Prince William’s scheduled two-week paid paternity leave from the Royal Air Force has reignited a debate about social stigmas of stay-at-home dads and men who take off from work for the...more
Fess up and raise your hand. How many of you were on the edge of your edge of your seat awaiting news of William and Kate's new arrival? ...more
I received a ton of feedback on last week's blog post, which discussed Yahoo's new parental leave policy and its FMLA implications. Much of the feedback related to Yahoo's decision to provide 16 weeks of paid maternity leave...more
It seems that what Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer taketh, she giveth back. Or something like that. As you will recall, Mayer made waves several months back when she banned all Yahoo employees from working from home, a rather...more
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