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Maternity/Paternity and Family Friendly Policies

Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – Family Friendly Policies – Maternity/Paternity


It is even more important than ever that employers keep up-to-date with family friendly policies in the workplace, including advising employees on


  • Maternity pay and leave
  • Paternity pay and leave
  • Adoption leave
  • Flexible working.


Same sex couples now have the same rights to maternity/paternity/adoption leave and pay – and flexible working is also available to workers who may not have parental or carer’s duties.


As families in the UK evolve, employment law and family friendly policies at work are also developing to recognise how both the workplace and the family unit are changing.


Duncan Lewis employment law solicitors can advise on drafting employment contracts, polices and procedures to reflect changes in maternity/paternity rights and family friendly policies.


Duncan Lewis employment lawyers also offer reviews of existing contracts and policies to advise on any breaches of the law and potentially contentious issues.


As part of our day-to-day HR legal advice and employment contract drafting services, the Duncan Lewis employment depart is also able to advise on:


  • Adoption leave
  • Carer’s rights
  • Flexible working requests
  • Maternity/paternity pay, leave and rights
  • Maternity bonuses, holiday pay and sick pay
  • Leave for medical appointments while pregnant
  • Paternity leave and pay (including leave for antenatal checks)
  • Redundancy during maternity/paternity/adoption leave
  • Shared parental leave
  • Sick pay for pregnant women.


There may also be additional health and safety issues for a pregnant employee – and Duncan Lewis can advise on how to support and protect pregnant employees in the workplace under employment law and health and safety law.


Employees are also entitled to request time off for dependants in emergencies or unforeseen circumstances – and carers also have statutory rights if they are caring for a spouse, partner, family member, a child under 18 with a disability, or an adult living at the same address.


Duncan Lewis employment lawyers regularly advise on grievances and disciplinary matters that might arise from family friendly policies or disputes over maternity/paternity/adoption rights firm which a claim at an Employment Tribunal might arise.


Our employment law team can also advise on cases where a pregnant employee works part-time or on contract – or an employee has caring duties for a family member.


In the event a dispute over family friendly policies is taken to an Employment Tribunal, Duncan Lewis can advise at every stage of negotiations, as well as advising on defending Employment Tribunal claims and presenting the employer’s case at a tribunal hearing.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – How we can help you


Duncan Lewis employment lawyers act on behalf of claimants and respondents in all Employment Tribunal related matters, so can understand potentially contentious employment matters from both sides, including high-cost employment cases.


The Duncan Lewis employment team can represent all types of employers, both large and small in matters under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and other relevant employment legislation.


Duncan Lewis also has successful departments covering civil liberties and the Human Rights Act, as well as finance, property and housing, family and childcare, mental health, personal injury and immigration law – all of which may be relevant or offer additional insight into employment matters.


Our in-house experts are on hand to advise whenever necessary in an employment matter, including maternity/paternity rights and family friendly polices.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – Fees


Duncan Lewis employment law solicitors operate a transparent fee scale – and can offer a range of competitively priced funding options to suit all sizes of business:

  • No-win-no-fee
  • Damage based fee
  • Contingency fee
  • Fixed fees (for specific tasks)
  • Insurance funded cases.
Duncan Lewis believes clients should always know what they will be paying – and will advise on the best funding option at the initial client meeting.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – When to contact us


If you have a problem with employment, it is important to take legal advice as soon as possible before a situation escalates.


Duncan Lewis can offer clear legal advice on employment law at any stage of an employment matter – including advising on maternity/paternity/adoption rights, carers’ rights in the workplace and family friendly policies.


Duncan Lewis also has a successful track record in advising companies and employers on employment disputes involving family friendly legislation.


Duncan Lewis Employment Law Solicitors – How to contact us


Duncan Lewis has offices nationwide and in most major cities, with more than 20 offices across London and the southeast.


For expert legal advice on employment law and maternity/paternity/adoption rights and family friendly policies, call Duncan Lewis employment solicitors on 020 7923 4020.

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