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Maternity and Family Leave: Rights and the Law

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May 17
London, United Kingdom
GBP 545 ≈USD 708
GBP 545 per day




Gain an understanding of the UK’s provisions for flexible working practices, including all the latest changes.

If you’re involved in the administration and management of family-friendly policies in your organisation, this practical course is just what you need. Using case studies and group discussions, it provides a thorough grounding in the UK’s provisions for flexible working practices, including maternity, paternity, adoption, dependant, and parental leave.


By the end of the Maternity and Family Leave: Rights and the Law course, you will be able to:

  • understand the rights of employees in relation to leave and family care
  • assess the impact of the employee’s rights on the employment relationship
  • advise your organisation on recent and forthcoming developments


Legal background

  • UK and European policy objectives
  • relevant legislation

Issues during pregnancy

  • Recruitment
  • Time off for ante-natal care
  • Health and safety: risk assessments, alternative work, suspension
  • Pregnancy-related illness
  • Promotions and performance appraisals
  • Dismissals and redundancy
  • Sex discrimination
  • Annual leave

Maternity leave

  • Qualifying for leave
  • Compulsory, ordinary and additional maternity leave
  • Keeping in touch days
  • Contractual position during OML and AML
  • Employers’ own schemes
  • Dismissals and redundancy during leave

Maternity pay

  • Qualification for statutory maternity pay (SMP)
  • Calculating entitlement
  • Employee pay and benefits

Returning to work

  • Job, pay, status, notification
  • Flexible working requests
  • Health and safety issues on return to work
  • Failure to return

Shared Parental Leave

  • Eligibility
  • Shared Parental Pay
  • SPLIT days
  • Managing requests

Flexible working

  • Managing requests

Paternity pay and leave

  • Statutory paternity pay – qualification and rates
  • Paternity leave – how much and when
  • Additional paternity pay and leave

Adoption rights and issues

  • Statutory adoption pay and leave
  • Step and foster adoptions
  • Overseas adoptions

Parental and dependant leave

  • The right to parental leave
  • Right to time off to care for dependants

Programme is subject to change pending new developments

Who should attend

HR practitioners responsible for employment issues within their organisation. No prior knowledge of the law on maternity or family rights is required.

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