Employment Law

Parental Leave

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Parental Leave

The Government is seeking to encourage more “family friendly” labour practices. The entitlements to parental and paternity leave are part of this plan and apply to children born or adopted after 15 December 1999.

PARENTAL LEAVE

The entitlement to parental leave is acquired after one years’ continuous service with the same employer – where the employee is registered as father of the child on the birth certificate or who has otherwise acquired parental responsibility. Parental leave may be taken by the child’s natural (or adoptive) mother or father.

The entitlement to take parental leave is between the child’s birth and 5th birthday and the amount of leave is 13 weeks in aggregate (18 weeks where the child is eligible for Disability Living Allowance in which case leave may be taken until the child attains 18 years).

Leave must ordinarily be taken in blocks of one week at a time – subject to a maximum of four weeks in a year.

PATERNITY/ADOPTION LEAVE

The entitlement to Paternity leave accrues after 26 weeks continuous employment ending with the week preceding the 14th week before the expected date of birth.

The right is for a father to take time away from work to care for a child or to support the mother in doing so.

The father must give his employers notice of his intention to take paternity leave (before the 15th week before the expected date of birth or if not possible, as soon as practicable).

The father is entitled to return to his job without suffering “detriment” (for example, denial of promotion or training opportunities) at the end of the paternity period.

Providing that the father’s earnings were above the threshold at which National Insurance Contributions become payable, he will be entitled to statutory paternity/adoption pay at the rate of 90% of his usual earnings up to a maximum of £148.68 pw in 2019.

Employment Law- Fixed Fees

INITIAL FREE HALF HOUR APPOINTMENT

This includes:- Attending you for a preliminary appointment to see whether you have a case or can defend a case. Please note that this is for 30 minutes only and does not include advice in writing.


We are able to offer fixed fees to both claimants and respondents in relation to Employment Tribunal claims. Please contact us for specialist advice and further details.

Preliminary Advice

This includes:

Taking instructions (up to 1.5 hours)

Detailed advice letter

 

Fee £250

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300

Employment Tribunal Proceedings

Advising employee on an Acas Early Conciliation Notification (now an essential first step before lodging an employment claim)

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

  

Preparation of a Claim Form ET1 on behalf of an employee

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

  

Preparation of a Claimant's Schedule of Loss

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

 

 Preparation of a Claimant's List of Documents

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Advising an employee in relation to a flexible working request

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

 Preparation of contracts of employment and statutory terms and conditions

 

Fee £250 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300 - £480

  

Preparation of standard disciplinary and grievance procedures

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Drafting and preparation of Respondent’s Response ET3

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

Preparation of Witness Statements

Fee £200 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240 - £480

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Solicitor
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