Paternity

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Bizarre Paternity Case Finds Twins Have Different Fathers

A New Jersey paternity case involving twins made headlines this week educating millions on the importance of DNA tests in paternity actions. The State brought a child support action against the alleged father and when he...more

Establishing Paternity in New Jersey: Why It’s Legally Significant

Many people believe that when a man’s name is indicated on a child’s birth certificate, that name is enough to establish paternity. However, that is not necessarily the case, particularly since the mother can list anyone she...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

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

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

Provider Beware: HIPAA and State Privacy Laws May Inform Negligence Suits

A recent opinion from the Connecticut Supreme Court illustrates that HIPAA is not the only law that covered entities and business associates must worry about if an unauthorized disclosure of protected health information (PHI)...more

Are You My “Legal” Father? Establishing Paternity in Pennsylvania

With many couples choosing to cohabitate and forgo the tradition of marriage, the number of unmarried fathers has skyrocketed. Last year, the federal government reported that 40.7% of all 2012 births were “out-of-wedlock.”...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

Who’s Your Daddy? - Adventures in Paternity

Medical advances for those unable to conceive a child on their own have come a long way. IVF, surrogacy, artificial insemination, and sperm banks are all familiar terms and procedures. Your or someone you know have grappled...more

Weekly Law Resume: The Court Re-Affirms that the Litigation Privilege of Civil Code Section 47(b) is Absolute

Leslie Falcon, et. al. v. Long Beach Genetics, Inc. et. al. - Court Of Appeal, Fourth District (March 18, 2014) - Civil Code Section 47(b), known as the litigation privilege, provides that a ‘publication or...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

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

Shared Parental Leave System

Introduction - The UK Government has announced its plans to let parents share leave for a year after a child is born. The change is designed to challenge the old-fashioned assumption that the mother will always be the...more

Uplift in Statutory Rates Announced

The Welfare Benefits Up-rating Order 2014 (SI 2014/147) has now been published, detailing changes that come into force from 6 April 2014....more

Doctrine of Paternity by Estoppel and Child Custody

The doctrine of paternity by estoppel is most often applied in child support cases to either preclude a man who has held the child out as his own from avoiding support of the child after his relationship with the child's...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

Paternity Leave Policy Comes Under Scrutiny

In October 2013, a CNN reporter filed an EEOC charge against CNN's parent company, Time Warner, Inc., alleging that Time Warner's parental leave policy is unlawfully discriminatory. According to the claimant, Josh Levs, Time...more

Basics Of Employment Law In Italy

Italy, with a population of over 60 million, is one of the top ten largest economies in the world. There are many benefits to doing business in Italy, including its favorable geographic location and flexible and diverse...more

Upcoming development in employment law in Hong Kong

Paternity Leave - LegCo is proposing to introduce paternity leave provisions in the Employment Ordinance (Cap 57) (EO). The government has taken the lead to promote child-bearing and family-friendly practices in Hong...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

Let's Pretend Prince William Worked In The United States. What Are His Paternity Leave Rights Under The FMLA?

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

Who’s your Daddy? Factors Used for Applications for Genetic Testing for Paternity

After caring for a child he thought was his own for 15 years (including making child support payments!), a plaintiff claimed that he was blindsided when a family friend came forward and admitted that he had taken a DNA test...more

Can a Sperm Donor be Liable for Paternity and Child Support?

Sperm donors in several states have recently learned that they should have been more diligent in understanding the applicable law governing their protection against future actions for paternity and child support. In New...more

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