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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Legal updates – Rights of parents

This information has been received from legal expert Sandy Adirondack on 29/01/2015.

Maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption pay

From 5 April rates go up from £138.18 to £139.58, and the earnings threshold goes up from £111 to £112.

European draft proposals on maternity rights

European Commission may withdraw proposals calling for 20 weeks maternity leave on full pay.

Shared parental leave

Complicated new rules on shared parental leave are now in effect in relation to babies due on or after 5 April and children placed for adoption on or after that date.

Unpaid parental leave

From 5 April unpaid parental leave is available for parents of all children up to 18 years of age. (At present, it is available up to 18 only for disabled children, and up to the child’s 5th birthday or 5th anniversary of adoption for other children.) It looks like where a child is 5 or over, and a parent has not used all of their parental leave entitlement, the untaken leave will be available until the child’s 18th birthday – but I haven’t seen anything that confirms this.

And not a parental right, but just so you know:

Statutory sick pay goes up on 6 April [not 5 April] from £87.55 to £88.45, and the earnings threshold from £111 to £112.

Find updates on more legal matters affecting voluntary and community organisations at Sandy Adirondack’s website