Maternity/Paternity/Adoption

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Maternity

This page sets out your entitlements under UK legislation on maternity leave and pay. Expectant and new mothers may be entitled to maternity leave, and statutory maternity pay, occupational maternity pay or maternity allowance.

Shared parental leave

New legislation from December 2014 introduced Shared Parental Leave for babies due on or after 5 April 2015. Adopters will have the same rights as other parents to Shared Parental leave and pay.
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Shared parental leave

This factsheet outlines the statutory scheme for shared parental leave that came into force on 1 December 2014 and is available to parents whose children are due on or after 5 April 2015.
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Maternity leave and pay

This factsheet answers commonly asked questions about maternity leave, maternity pay, and returning to work after maternity leave.
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Health and safety issues for new and expectant mothers

This factsheet outlines the risk assessments and other considerations that are needed in the workplace for new and expectant mothers.
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Paternity leave

This factsheet outlines the paternity leave and pay to partners of new mothers and adopters.
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Adoption leave and pay

This factsheet answers commonly asked questions about adoption pay and leave.
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Additional paternity leave and pay

This factsheet explains addtional paternity leave and pay, which is available to the husbands and partners of new mothers and adopters where the mother or adopter does not take their full entitlement to maternity or adoption leave.
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Adoption

This page sets out your entitlements and responsibilities under UK legislation, as well as advice on returning to work and overseas adoptions.
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Paternity

This page sets out your entitlements and responsibilities under UK legislation on paternity leave and pay.