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Cover Employment Law in Context

9. Work–Life Balance  

This chapter analyses the statutory employment ‘family-friendly’ rights contained in the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the subordinate legislation which has a bearing on the work–life balance of employees, workers, and other individuals providing personal services. These include the protection of pregnant workers, and the statutory arrangements for maternity leave and maternity pay. It also examines family-friendly measures which seek to achieve a more equal division of family responsibilities between couples, such as the statutory rights to shared parental leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, and parental leave, as well as the rights to request flexible working and to take time off work to deal with dependants.

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Cover Selwyn's Law of Employment

6. Family Friendly Rights  

This chapter considers various family-friendly rights designed to assist employees with parental and childcare responsibilities. These are rights such as maternity leave, including ordinary and additional maternity leave, shared parental leave, ordinary and additional adoption leave, keeping in touch days, parental leave, paternity leave, caring for dependants, and applications for flexible working. The chapter also considers which of these types of leave are paid, and if so, how much. A number of these statutory rights and relevant statutory provisions are based on the implementation of a number of EU Directives, and to that extent EU jurisprudence must be considered where appropriate.

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Cover Employment Law

20. Family-friendly statutes  

This chapter looks at ‘family-friendly employment laws’ and breaks each down into its component parts. It also considers whether it is appropriate that the statute book should reflect a commitment to a ‘work-life balance’, or whether this kind of legislation in fact ignores the needs of business and therefore has a deleterious effect on the economy. It begins with a background on ‘family-friendly’ legislation. It then discusses ante-natal care, health and safety issues, maternity leave, maternity pay, paternity leave, shared parental leave, adoption leave, parental leave, time off for dependants, the right to request flexible working, the right to request time off for training and the impact of family-friendly legislation.