parental leave

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parental leave

the right of a parent to take time off work to care for a child. In the UK these rights have recently been enshrined in law following a European Directive on this issue. Such leave is unpaid and is restricted to employees who have at least one year's employment. See MATERNITY RIGHTS, PATERNITY RIGHTS.
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Maternity pay of 90 per cent is payable for the first six weeks by law.
When faced with a tribunal claim by a male employee called Mr Snell that it was discriminatory to have a policy of enhanced maternity pay for women but not enhanced shared parental leave for men, Network Rail withdrew enhanced maternity pay for women.
UK rules grant employees statutory maternity pay for up to 39 weeks, with 90% of their average wage for the first six weeks and a maximum PS138.
But a judge gave her a suspended eight-month sentence after saying that, apart from the maternity pay, Morrisons had in fact got value for money from Addo, who lives with her children in Lavender Grove, Pentrebane.
On Real Time Information alone, one part of HMRC acknowledged that it could see the maternity pay, but the debt collectors couldn't.
In two weeks a new law will mean billions of pounds are sliced off maternity pay, child benefit and working tax credit.
Rich and on Benefits: Channel 4 Dispatches (Channel 4, tomorrow, 8pm) | Chancellor George Osborne has said the Government needs to save PS10bn and housing benefits, child tax credits, maternity pay and other benefits are all set to be capped.
It follows Chancellor George Osborne's announcement that many benefits - including income support, child benefit and housing benefit and maternity pay - will rise by just one per cent a year until 2015 to save PS4.
The EU wants to increase maternity pay across Europe, but the British Chambers of Commerce balked at the prospect and said it would cost taxpayers in the UK an extra pounds 2.
Summary: A Government pledge to extend maternity pay to a year is expected to be scrapped, because it is too expensive.
A UNDER the Act, statutory maternity pay will be extended from six months to nine months.