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Maternity / Paternity and Family Friendly Working

Our dedicated team of employment law solicitors is always on hand to provide legal advice on rights such as maternity, paternity, adoption, parental leave, and other family friendly working patterns.

We can help you to resolve disputes with your employer through discussion where possible, or we can take legal action against your employer to enforce your rights. If you are discriminated against or victimised for exercising your rights, we will fight your corner.

This complex area of law has changed rapidly in recent years and continues to move with the times. Our solicitors have an in-depth understanding of the law and how it applies to your individual circumstances.

Maternity Rights

By law, pregnant women are entitled to a number of statutory rights as employees and we can advise you on a range of maternity issues including:

  • Facing redundancy during or after maternity leave
  • Remuneration including your bonus and benefits during maternity leave
  • Taking time off work for ante-natal care
  • ‘Keeping in touch’ days
  • Claiming discrimination and unfair dismissal if you are dismissed because of pregnancy or maternity leave
  • Maternity pay
  • Your rights on returning to work after having a baby

Paternity Rights

If your partner is having a baby, you may be entitled to one or two weeks of paid paternity leave.

The law is changing in 2015 to allow fathers, mothers and adopters to share their parental leave between them.

How we can help

We will always work hard to protect your parental rights and ensure that these rights are fully protected. Our solicitors can assess if your employer is acting lawfully and we can brief you on how best to negotiate a solution yourself or help you bring a grievance. If you would prefer us to take the lead, we are highly skilled at negotiating directly with employers to reach a settlement.

If discussions break down, we have all the expertise you need to bring an Employment Tribunal claim and we can represent you throughout this daunting and difficult process. At Hodge Jones & Allen, we have a proud record of going to extraordinary lengths to win these cases and secure the justice you deserve.

Our maternity/paternity leave specialists are part of our London based employee law team. We have almost four decades of experience helping clients from around the UK with a wide variety of legal matters. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.