Family friendly rights

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, Chelmsford
Robert Whitaker, employment law specialist in Chelmsford

Family friendly rights - 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 things like:

  • Maternity leave and Shared Parental leave
  • Paternity leave
  • Adoption leave
  • Parental rights (including ordinary parental leave)
  • Flexible or part-time working

Family friendly rights solicitors

If you, or someone in your family, needs advice about family friendly rights at work, call Tees on 0800 0131165. Our friendly team of employment solicitors have the practical experience, and legal insight, to protect your rights at work and ensure you receive fair treatment.

How we can help you

Our employment team are highly experienced in this area of law. We can tell you if you’re being treated fairly at work, and what your options are.

We regularly help clients assert their family-friendly rights, and we’re experienced in all types of negotiation with employers. Our expert solicitors can help you assert your rights by drafting letters and emails to your employer – but, if needed, we can also represent you at an employment tribunal.

At Tees, we understand that no case is ever the same. When you meet us, we’ll take care to truly understand your needs and what you want to achieve. Then, we’ll advise on the best way forward.

You're at the centre of everything we do

When you come to us for legal advice about your rights at work, we’ll concentrate on getting what’s best for you. We understand that it can be a stressful time, so we’ll try to make it as easy as possible by explaining everything in plain language and answering any questions you have. If you need us to, we’ll talk with your employer and negotiate on your behalf. We’ll always try to get the best deal for you, and we’ll stand up for your interests.

Let’s talk!

You’ll find our employment team friendly and easy to talk to. We’ll be with you every step of the way and we’ll help you to make sure you get a fair deal from your employer. So give us a call for a confidential chat and let’s talk about how we can help.

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.

Call our Employment Law solicitors on 0800 0131165

For an initial chat, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

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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, as per your employer’s policy. 

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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Tees coronavirus update

We’re open and here to help you. We’re running as normal with our employees all working from home.

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You can call us as normal on 0800 013 1165 or email us:

You can also find contact details for all our advisers here. 

As a flexible and technologically-adept firm, we already had many home-working systems in place. We have now rolled this technology out to all our employees working for clients, so they can continue to work normally - and from home.

If you are a client, please be assured you can get in touch with Tees and we are still working on your case. To replace face-to-face meetings, we have the facilities to do video-conferencing, conference calls or just speak on the phone, as you need.

Due to the circumstances, please call us if you would have wanted a home visit, and we can organise the best and safest way of being in touch.

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