Family Rights & Flexible Working

Family-Related Rights

Maternity rights; paternity rights; adoption rights; shared parental leave; unpaid parental leave; emergency time off for dependents; and the right to request flexible working. These employment rights – which are some of the most complex – have been made even more challenging for employers in recent years on account of the Government’s frequent changing of the rules.

TJD Law can assist by guiding you through the minefield, not only to ensure that you meet your minimum legal obligations, but also to ensure that staff remain motivated and productive by securing the right work-life balance.

Flexible Working

Most employers will have embraced at least some form of flexible working. This might include the use of fixed term contracts; job sharing; home working; flexi-time; hot desking; zero hours contracts; self-rostering; shift swapping; sabbaticals; secondments; casual or freelance work.

Employers need to be aware that the failure to properly consider a request for flexible working can potentially lead to claims for unlawful discrimination.

TJD Law can assist with:

  • Drafting and amending employment contracts to reflect flexible or non-standard terms
  • Advising on the implications for holiday rights and other employment benefits
  • Guiding you through the process for responding to a request for flexible working
  • Advising on the factors that must be taken into account and the grounds upon which such a request may be legitimately refused
  • Defending claims for unlawful discrimination

Contact us today to discuss your legal needs

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