Family Friendly Rights
Although employers like to present a public face which champions equality, we frequently hear stories in which women experience detrimental treatment on announcing their pregnancy or when they return from maternity leave, as they face the challenge of balancing childcare arrangements with working life and career development. We have experience in dealing with maternity discrimination claims, including with regards to promotion and equal pay and can help you achieve an equitable outcome.
Shared Parental Leave
The new rules introducing shared parental leave which took effect earlier this year are complex, and their application in practice can cause unnecessary stress on future parents. We are familiar with those provisions and are able to help you navigate the more difficult areas of this new scheme, in order to ensure your employer complies with its obligations, and you are not discriminated against as a result of your parental leave.
Flexible Working requests
Flexible working requests can be particularly useful if traditional working arrangements do not suit your situation, or in the case of older workers you are nearing retirement. An employer cannot turn down a request for flexible working if it is unreasonable for them to do so. However, exercising the right to request flexible working may result in employers questioning an employee’s commitment to work, often stripping them of promotion and career development opportunities and curtailing their career progression.
We are skilled at negotiating flexible working arrangements which really work for our clients. Where things do not work out, we obtain fair exit packages from employers who have failed to reconcile their aspirational policies with the reality of treating maternity returners, requests for flexible working and shared parental leave with fairness.