Tag Archives: maternity / pregnancy

UK: Legislative developments – pregnancy and maternity discrimination

The Government has rejected the idea that pregnancy and maternity cases should have more favourable fee treatment, on the basis that the drop off in those claims was much lower than in other types of discrimination. It has also rejected … Continue reading

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UK: Breastfeeding at work – employers may need to adjust employee hours

Employers should ensure that employees who are breastfeeding are able to express milk at work sufficiently regularly to avoid medical problems (in accordance with medical advice), in a private, clean environment with the ability to store the milk safely. If … Continue reading

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UK: Settlement agreements – the inclusion of statutory maternity payments should be express

Where an employer is negotiating a settlement agreement with an employee who is or will be entitled to statutory maternity pay (SMP), the agreement should expressly set out the sum of SMP being paid (which will be subject to NICs) … Continue reading

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UK: New publications – EHRC Pregnancy and Maternity Pledge

The EHRC has launched a new Working Forward initiative to support pregnancy and maternity rights, asking employers to sign up to an EHRC pledge to make the best working environment they can for pregnant women and new mums, to include … Continue reading

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India: Amendments to maternity benefit

Enhancements to maternity benefits in India under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 (the Act) have been in the spotlight for some time. Calls for such enhancements have culminated in the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (the Bill), which has now … Continue reading

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UK: Call for greater protection against pregnancy discrimination

The Women and Equalities Committee has published a report recommending a substantial reduction in the fee for women taking pregnancy-related discrimination cases to an employment tribunal, doubling the limitation period for claims to six months, protection from redundancy until six … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Consultation on standard working hours proposals and recommendations for discrimination law reform

The Standard Working Hours Committee has released a discussion paper for public comment on policy options for regulating working hours in Hong Kong. Currently, there is no statutory restriction on the number of working hours for employers aged 18 years … Continue reading

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Germany: Changes to maternity rights

Recently, the German Federal Cabinet approved the draft law which provides for new regulations on maternity protection. The reform will become effective as from 1 January 2017.

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UK: Salary-sacrifice childcare vouchers – EAT rules that employers can suspend provision during family leave

Employers offering childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme have often questioned HMRC Guidance that they must continue to provide the vouchers during periods of maternity or other family leave, even when the employee is only receiving statutory pay and … Continue reading

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UK: New publications

GEO new guide for employers on Recruitment and Retention of Transgender Staff. Guidance from the Committee on Standards in Public Life on how public authorities and companies offering outsourced public services can maintain ethical standards, including recommendations to implement a … Continue reading

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