Family friendly rights solicitors

Our specialist employment solicitors are here to advise you on family-friendly rights at work. We regularly advise parents, carers and employees who seek flexible or part-time working.

Robert Whitaker, Bishop's Stortford
Robert Whitaker, employment law specialist in Chelmsford Settlement agreement solicitor

Family friendly employment rights: Expert legal advice

What are my family friendly rights at work?

As an employee, you have fundamental family-friendly rights at work. Your family friendly rights include:

  • maternity leave and Shared Parental leave
  • paternity leave
  • adoption leave
  • parental rights (including ordinary parental leave)
  • flexible or part-time working

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Our specialist lawyers are based in:

  • Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
  • Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Saffron Walden
  • Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston 

But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.

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Family friendly employment rights FAQ's

How can fertility treatment impact employment rights?

Whilst undergoing fertility treatment, you will not be entitled to statutory time off.  However, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) guidance states that employers should treat appointments related to IVF in the same way as any other medical appointment, under the terms and conditions of the contract of employment. If the implantation is successful, you will be entitled to maternity leave. You should consult your employment contract to find out on what terms. 

What are my employment rights as a surrogate or intended parent?

Surrogate mothers will have the right to 52 weeks maternity leave and have the option to return to their job after their maternity leave. Intended parents may have the right to adoption leave or parental leave, but only one parent will be able to take adoption leave. If there are two parents, then the other may be entitled to paternity leave.

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