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Flexible parental leave.

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The government has announced a new system of statutory parental rights.

This system (to be introduced in 2015) will to allow working parents to choose how best to balance work and childcare between them.

Parents will be able to share the statutory leave and pay that, at the moment, is only available to mothers.

Flexible parental leave will be available to be taken by each parent consecutively, or by both parents at the same time, as long as the combined amount of leave is no more than the amount jointly available to them both.

Similar principles will apply to statutory flexible parental pay, which will be available as an alternative to statutory maternity pay.

Additional paternity leave and additional paternity pay will be abolished, and there will be no extension to the current statutory paternity rights.

Entitlement to unpaid parental leave will be extended from 13 to 18 weeks per child from March 2013, and from 2015 each parent will be able to exercise this right for children up to the age of 18.

Equal Pay claims – ruling from the Supreme Court

Monday, October 29th, 2012

For individuals making an equal pay claim, the time limit for making a claim in an Employment Tribunal is six months from the end of their employment.

However the Supreme Court has ruled that equal pay claims brought in the High Court more than six months after the end of the claimants’ employment (which would have been out of time in an employment tribunal) should not be struck out.

The rationale behind this is that it is not unusual for individuals to find out, well after their employment ceases, that former colleagues in similar roles to the ones they held, have been successful with equal pay claims or have received equal pay settlements. Only then might those individuals realise that they too could have valid equal pay complaints against their former employer; too late to issue tribunal proceedings. The Supreme Court’s decision, confirming that such individuals will be able to pursue their former employers in the civil courts, could lead to a large number of claims.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have a Statutory Code of Conduct on Equal Pay. The code is available from the EHRC website and gives guidance on the law and good practice for both small and large employers.