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Legal Update: Shared Parental Leave

What happened? The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 came into force on 1 December 2014 and will apply to children whose expected week of birth or placement for adoption is on or after 5 April 2015. The...more

New Shared Parental Leave Regime Effective 1 December 2014

A new Shared Parental Leave (SPL) regime comes into effect in the United Kingdom from today, 1 December 2014. The system will be available to eligible employees with a child due to be born on or after 5 April 2015. It...more

Milestone date for the UK’s working parents – 1 December 2014

In a significant move away from the tradition of birth-related leave being the preserve of a woman, from 1 December 2014, the UK’s new shared parental leave regime will, for the first time, allow parents to share up to 50...more

One month countdown to shared parental leave

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

New Developments in UK Employment Law

The changes affect the areas of antenatal appointments, equal pay audits, national minimum wage, Reserve Forces membership, whistleblowing, and shared parental leave....more

Daddy Dearest?: Some Considerations Concerning Paid Parental Leave for Fathers in the United States

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

England and Wales: Upcoming Changes to UK Family-Friendly Rights

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

Failure to enhance paternity pay not discriminatory

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

Shared Parental Leave: Steps for UK Employers

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

Be Global - May 2014

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

Minnesota Women's Economic Security Act Becomes Law

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

Paid Parental Leave - Government Confirms Commitment TO PPL Changes From 1 July 2015

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

The Women’s Economic Security Act: What Employers Need To Know

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

New Minnesota Law Should Prompt Employers To Review and Modify Employee Handbooks and Practices

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

Minnesota's New Women's Economic Security Act Becomes Law - Employers Need To Take Note As Some Provisions Are Effective...

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 Up To Bat: What Employers Should Know To Avoid Striking Out

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 Children and Families Act Gains Royal Assent

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

Shared parental leave: draft regulations published

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

Fathers' Changing Role Requires Attention to Parental Leave Policies

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

UK Employment Law – A Year In Perspective – Changes Past and on the Horizon

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. This...more

Should Biological Fathers Receive the Same Leave Benefits as Adoptive Parents?

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

December 2013's review of the year

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

Offering Parental Leave Can Bite You Back

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

Back to School: Employers Must Remain Mindful of Employee Entitlement to School-Related Leave

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

FMLA: Paternity Leave Not Just For Princes

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

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