Parental Leave

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Employment Update: Federal Budget 2015 Changes To The Paid Parental Leave Scheme

The Federal Government has announced as part of the Federal Budget radical changes to the interplay between the current government funded parental leave scheme and any similar paid schemes operated by employers. Under...more

Federal Budget 2015: What it Means for Employers

On 12 May 2015, Treasurer, Joe Hockey, delivered the Coalition Government's second budget. A key part of the budget is the Government's AUD5.5 billion 'Jobs and Small Business' package, aimed at assisting small businesses and...more

Shared Parental Leave in the UK

Is it good to share? New Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) rules allow eligible employees to share up to 50 weeks' leave and 39 weeks' pay in the year following a child's birth or...more

Spring: A Time for Change in UK Employment and Data Protection Law

Spring is always a time for new beginnings: the end of the financial year and the start of a new one, government election season, and time to advance clocks forward for daylight saving time. In the United Kingdom, spring also...more

Final employment law changes for this Parliament

Vinita Arora, a Partner in our London office, comments: On Monday 30 March 2015, Parliament dissolved and the period of pre-election purdah began, meaning that the government will be unable to make decisions or announce...more

Statutory Paternity Leave Introduced in Hong Kong

The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance was passed on 24 December 2014 and came into force on 27 February 2015. It amends the Employment Ordinance (Cap 57) and entitles working fathers and fathers-to-be up to three days of paid...more

Massachusetts Expands Parental Leave Rights

Effective April 7, 2015, Massachusetts employers with six or more employees must provide childbirth leave on a gender neutral basis.  Under a new Parental Leave Act law (“PLA”) signed by former Governor Deval Patrick on the...more

Be Global - A look ahead to key international employment law developments expected in 2015

In This Issue: - ASIA PACIFIC: - Australia: Gender Equality Reporting Update - China: Predicted Increase in Collective Bargaining - China: Compliance with 10% Cap on Dispatch Workers - Hong Kong:...more

When Dad is Left Holding the Baby…

The employment leave entitlement of a mother who has undergone birth by way of caesarean section is clear – but for fathers who are left holding the baby, it is often less clear cut. The Fair Work Commission (Commission) has...more

Manufacturing Matters – Winter 2015

In This Issue: - Pre-action costs protection in environmental claims - Shared Parental Rights – what you need to know - Due diligence on your partner in China – are you talking to the right person? - An Interview...more

Massachusetts Officially Provides Paternity Leave!

On his last day in office, Governor Patrick signed Senate Bill 865, the so-called Parental Leave Act (“Parental Leave”), which amends the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (“MMLA”) to provide unpaid leave to all eligible...more

Hey Guys, You Get “Maternity” Leave, Too!

For years, the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (“MMLA”), M.G.L. c. 149, §105D, only applied to female employees by its literal terms. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), the agency tasked with...more

DOL Issues Proposed Regulatory Changes To Sex Discrimination Rules For Federal Contractors

The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) has begun what is expected to be a year filled with regulatory changes by issuing its proposed new regulations regarding sex discrimination by federal contractors, which have not...more

Proposed Legislation Would Expand Minnesota Family Leave Rights and Create Paid Family Leave Insurance Program

On February 5, 2015, legislation was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives that would expand the scope of Minnesota’s existing pregnancy and parenting leave laws. ...more

What Employers Need to Know About the Expanded Massachusetts Parental Leave Act

On Jan. 7, 2015, then-Governor Deval Patrick signed the Parental Leave Act into law, extending parental leave to male employees in connection with the birth or adoption of a child. The amendment – which becomes effective on...more

What to Expect When Your Male Employee Is Expecting: Massachusetts Replaces Maternity Leave Act with Parental Leave Act

February 6, 2015 Authors: Adam Forman and Shannon Berube Effective April 7, 2015, the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act will be replaced by the Parental Leave Act ("PLA"). The new law expands the scope of the Maternity Leave...more

UK Employment Law – Things to Expect in 2015

Now that we have eased into 2015, it’s time to think about the key employment law issues we’ll be facing in the year ahead. The general election in May will, of course, hold most of our attention, but there are other...more

Bill Introduced That Would Require All Minnesota Employers To Provide Paid Sick Leave Bill Also Would Expand Scope of Pregnancy &...

On February 2, 2015, Minnesota Senator Sandra Pappas (DFL-District 65) and four other DFL senators — Senators Thomas Bakk (DFL-3), Matt Schmit (DFL-21), Tom Saxhaug (DFL-5) and Kevin Dahle (DFL-20) — introduced legislation...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: New Law Expands Parental Leave Rights In Massachusetts

On April 7, 2015, the Massachusetts Parental Leave Act will take effect. The Parental Leave Act, signed into law on January 7, 2015 by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, expands parental leave rights for employees in...more

Parental Leave Act Amends Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act

On January 7, 2015, then-Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law An Act Relative to Parental Leave (the Parental Leave Act or the PLA), which amends the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (the MMLA). The PLA will...more

Massachusetts Expands Its Leave Law to Cover Fathers

This past September, we discussed the practical and legal implication of changing attitudes towards parental leave for fathers. Following up on this theme, Massachusetts recently passed a law, the Massachusetts Parental Leave...more

Blog: OFCCP Proposes New Sex Discrimination Guidelines for Contractors and Subcontractors

On January 28, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced proposed changes to its sex discrimination guidelines (“Guidelines”). The current Guidelines set forth the interpretations and...more

Things to Expect in 2015

Now that we have eased into 2015, it’s time to think about the key employment law issues we’ll be facing in the year ahead. The general election in May will, of course, hold most of our attention, but there are other...more

Massachusetts Expands Employee Parental Leave Rights

New law will require employers to provide paternity leave. On April 7, 2015, most employees in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be eligible for eight weeks’ parental leave pursuant to the parental leave law (PLL), which...more

Massachusetts Governor Signs Parental Leave Bill

On January 7, 2015, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a Parental Leave bill, which significantly amends Mass. Gen. L. ch. 149, section 105D. Before the amendment, the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (“MMLA”) provided...more

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