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Federally-Required Paid Sick Leave – President Obama Pushes Passage of Healthy Families Act

Although a few states – most notably California – as well as a handful of cities have passed legislation requiring that employers provide paid sick leave benefits to employees, federal law presently does not mandate that employers offer this benefit.  (The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires that certain employers provide time off … Continue Reading

UK Government Launches Shared Parental Leave

The last few weeks have seen a number of press articles on women’s pay and their under-representation at senior management levels. This was prompted by a study carried out by the Institute for Public Policy Research, which suggests that a key factor may be increasing childcare costs. This reinforces a culture of women, rather than … Continue Reading

An implausibly tragic sequence of events

Taking time off falsely, whether as sick leave, compassionate leave or otherwise, is clearly misconduct, which would entitle an employer to take disciplinary action, up to dismissal, depending on the severity of the circumstances.  However, there are often difficulties establishing when it is “reasonable” for an employer to disbelieve the reason given for the absence.  … Continue Reading

The Government’s mixed message on family rights

In 2012, the Coalition Government took more baby steps to improve the family rights regime in the UK. It announced that from 2015, the additional paternity leave introduced in 2010 will be abolished and in its place a new flexible parental leave provision will afford mothers the ability to share their leave with the father/their … Continue Reading