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Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest trends in family rights, including maternity, parental and paternity, shared parental leave and the right to work flexibly.

It’s a dog’s life – introducing workplace paw-ternity leave

Sheila Fahy

It’s funny how attitudes change over time. The majority of employers are now happy to support pregnant women and those on maternity leave, as well as agreeing that the statutory rights underpinning these are reasonable and easy to implement. The same statement could not have been said with any confidence two or three decades ago. Read More

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Shared Parental Leave – A personal view by a father

Andrew Howard

It wasn’t long ago that Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced and I was advising clients about the complex set of new rules and assisting them in implementing them in a straightforward fashion that could be easily understood by employees (no mean feat). This proved rather useful when in January this year my wife, Laura, Read More

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What’s yours is yours and what’s mine is mine

Robbie Sinclair

Rethinking shared parental leave It’s been a year since shared parental leave was introduced, and the early indicators are that take-up is very low at 1% of men in the workplace. As the new regime is in its infancy, it is too soon to assess the success or failure of shared parental leave, particularly as Read More

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Maternity leavers and the right to be offered a suitable alternative vacancy in redundancy situations

Robbie Sinclair

Employers often grapple with the concept that those on maternity leave get preferential treatment in redundancy situations in that they must be given first right of refusal for suitable vacancies, even if they are not the best candidate for the job. At the back end of 2014, the EAT made a ruling in Wainwright v Read More

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2014 Employment Review and 2015 Predictions

Sarah Henchoz

I’m a celebrity 2014/15 The 2014 party promised to be an interesting one with all the intrigue of a masked ball. Even though celebrities like Shared Parental Leave and Equal Pay Audits were announced in advance, nobody really knew what to expect. These established personalities promised the arrival of something new on the cat walk. Read More

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Shared parental leave – who’s left holding the baby?

Sarah Henchoz

Shared parental leave is one of the most radical and creative employment initiatives since I became an employment lawyer back in 2001. I will be blogging on the different aspects of the new regime between now and implementation on 5th April 2015. Today, I am looking at patterns of leave. Read More

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