Complete the form below to ask us a question or make an enquiry. We’ll get back to you via phone or email as soon as possible.


New Family Friendly Legislation Given Royal Assent

Posted on 31st May 2023 in Employment

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Associate and Solicitor
New Family Friendly Legislation Given Royal Assent

Three new Acts giving further employment rights to parents and carers received the Royal Assent last week. Once in force, parents and carers will benefit from the following new protections:

  • The Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act allows eligible employed parents whose new-born baby is admitted to neonatal care to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave, in addition to other leave entitlements such as maternity and paternity leave.
  • The Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act allows the extension of existing redundancy protections whilst on Maternity Leave, Adoption Leave or Shared Parental Leave to also cover pregnancy and a period of time after a new parent has returned to work.
  • The Carer’s Leave Act creates a new statutory unpaid leave entitlement for employees who are caring for a dependant with a long-term care need.

The secondary legislation which will set out the details and the commencement dates for each Act will be laid down “in due course”. Keep an eye on our updates for further information.


How we can help

If you have any queries around anything in this insight, please get in touch with our employment team.  

Contact our legal experts

Company & Industry

Related Insights


‘Fake It Till You Make It’: Mitigating AI-Generated Falsified Job Applications

Posted on 12th March 2024 in Employment, Dispute Resolution

‘Fake it till you make it’ is a phrase known to many; it means to act confidently in what you’re doing when you don’t feel it until you achieve your objective. This article considers the risks associated with job applicants using artificial intelligence (AI) to complete recruitment exercises and how it may impact your business.

Posted by

Charlotte Yendell

Trainee Solicitor

Employment Settlement Agreements

Posted on 25th January 2024 in Employment

In the wake of the upsetting news of mass redundancies at Tata Steel, the dynamics of employment settlement agreements have gained heightened relevance.

Posted by

Mai Mbye