Contents tagged with Statutory Maternity Pay

  • Can You Make An Employee On Maternity Leave Redundant?

    Tags: Redundancy, Maternity Leave, Redundancy Pay, Notice Pay, Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, Statutory Maternity Pay, Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination

    Employees on maternity leave have special legal rights and protections and so before making such employees redundant you must tread very carefully and be aware of the following five things. Otherwise you could risk facing a costly claim.

    Genuine Redundancy Situation

    You must be able to prove that there is a genuine need to reduce your headcount. If the real reason you want to dismiss your employee is because she has had a baby or is on maternity leave, you will be discriminating against her and could face a discrimination claim.  So, you must have evidence to prove why you need to make redundancies.

    Fair Selection Process

    You must choose who you are going to select for redundancy fairly and reasonably. This means you must choose a reasonable selection pool and apply fair, … more

  • Advice for Employers on Accommodating Parents with Premature or Sick Babies

    Tags: Premature or Sick Babies, Maternity Leave, Maternity Rights, Maternity Pay, MAT B1, Statutory Maternity Pay, Maternity Allowance

    Every year, over 95,000 babies (or 1 in 8 babies born) are cared for in neonatal units in the UK due to premature birth or sickness. While some pregnancies inherently pose a higher risk for premature birth, such as twins and multiples, there is no guarantee a mother will be able to carry to-term.  

    Depending on how premature or sick the babies may be at birth, parents might find that their babies have to stay weeks or months in hospital, and some of these babies may continue to be at risk even after being discharged. In some cases, the babies may be transferred to a different or specialist hospital if the treatment or care they require is not available in the area in which they are born.  

    Maternity Leave: 

    Doctors and midwives must issue the pregnant … more

  • The Processes and Pitfalls of Dealing with Staff who are Taking Maternity Leave

    Tags: Redundancy, Maternity Leave, Statutory Maternity Pay, Keeping in Touch, Pregnancy

    With Samira on Maternity Leave from the end of today, we thought it was only fitting that our article this week covered this complex area of law. Family friendly rights, including leave and pay in relation to maternity are constantly evolving and growing as an area of employment law. In this article we aim to offer some clarity on this area and provide employers with some advice on the do’s and don’ts when dealing with staff taking maternity leave.  

    Processes  

    Ensure that you keep in touch with employees whilst they are away on maternity leave. 

    Line managers should agree with employees that are due to go off on maternity what “reasonable contact” would be appropriate before their leave starts. Once agreed, you can use this time … more

  • LEGAL UPDATE: Changes to Statutory Payments

    Tags: statutory payments, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, SAP, Statutory Sick Pay, SSP, National Living Wage, NLW

    As we are approaching another tax year, the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) has announced proposed revised amounts for various statutory payments from 1 April 2018. 

    Statutory Maternity Pay/Statutory Paternity Pay/Statutory Shared Parental Pay

     These are all currently £140.98 (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate). The weekly rate will increase to £145.18 with effect 1 April 2018. 

    To qualify, the employee must have average weekly earnings of at least:

    • £116, if the baby is due on or after 15 July 2018. 

    • £113, if the baby is due on or before 14 July 2018. 

    Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)

    The weekly rate increases so that it is payable at … more

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  • 3 Things We Learnt In Law This Week (18 April 2019)

    Tags: Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, Unlawful Deductions, Overtime

    Holland & Barrett Employee Wins Overtime Case

    A tribunal has ruled that Holland & Barrett made unlawful deductions from the pay of an employee who was required to carry out tasks beyond his contracted hours.

    Mr Fitz was employed as a supervisor and was required to cover for the store manager if they were absent. This required opening the store in the morning and closing the store in the evening, among other tasks that needed to be completed during opening hours.

    Closing the store involved four stages: closing the tills on the shop floor; reconciling the tills in the back office; closing the register and locking up the store, all of which Holland & Barrett told the tribunal took a few minutes. However, Fitz claimed that he also had to undertake other additional tasks at the … more

    

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