Tag Archives: maternity / pregnancy

Singapore: Compliance checks- changes to entitlements effective 1 July 2017

Changes to shared parental leave and adoption leave entitlements as well an increase in the re-employment age ceiling will take effect from 1 July 2017. This is a good juncture for companies to review their employment policies to ensure they … Continue reading

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India: Key changes for maternity benefits

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, which introduces key changes to the maternity benefits set out under the Maternity Benefit Act 1961 (the Act), received presidential assent on 27 March 2017 and has now mostly come into force. Is your … Continue reading

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UK: April 2017 changes – apprenticeship levy, tribunal compensation limits, national minimum wage, statutory benefits and immigration skills charge

From 6 April 2017 UK employers with an annual pay bill of or over £3 million will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy at a rate equivalent to 0.5% of their payroll costs, subject to an offset allowance of … Continue reading

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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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