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Family-friendly rights

Family-friendly rights Solicitors York, Wetherby & Malton

As an employer, you need to be aware of family-friendly rights. All employees are entitled to statutory benefits, including a certain amount of days’ leave and certain minimum pay as parents. 

At Ware & Kay when you instruct us, we make sure that you are adhering to family employment laws so that you do not face any issues with regard to employment claims. 

Contact us today to find out more.

What family-friendly rights do employees have?

Rights concerning families depend on each employee's situation, however some rights are commonly found throughout organisations such as maternity, paternity and adoption rights.

Maternity rights

Pregnant employees are allowed certain entitlements including the following:

  • Paid time off for ante-natal medical appointments
  • Statutory Maternity Leave (SML) 
  • Compulsory leave after the birth 
  • Shared Parental Leave (SPL).
  • Maternity pay
  • Bereavement leave

Paternity rights

Employees taking paternity leave are allowed certain entitlements including the following:

  • Paternity leave
  • Shared Parental Leave (SPL)
  • Paid time off for ante-natal medical appointments 
  • Paternity pay 

Adoption rights

For employees adopting children, they may be allowed certain entitlements including the following:

  • Statutory adoption leave
  • Statutory adoption pay

Managing family-friendly rights for employers

As an employer, you must follow the correct procedures to ensure that employees receive the right family-friendly rights.

For instance, employers must respond to pregnant employees within 28 days of being notified of the pregnancy. The return to work date must also be confirmed. If you do not provide certain information, you will struggle to legally dismiss employees for returning to work later than required.

Similarly, if an employee takes paternity leave, you must respond to them using the right processes.

Our employment solicitors for employers

In addition to family-friendly rights, we specialise in the following employment areas:

Contact Ware & Kay Employment Solicitors in York, Wetherby and Malton 

At Ware & Kay, we understand that handling employees can be challenging as different employees may be allowed different entitlements, and employment laws are often changing. Our employment service for employers is tailored to individual company needs to ensure that you are managing parental and family-friendly employment rights correctly. 

If you need assistance with family-friendly rights, please call us today on 01904 716000 (York), 01937 583210 (Wetherby), 01653 692247 (Malton) or alternatively, you can complete our online contact form and a member of our team will contact you.