This comprehensive guide covers all aspects of family leave, including maternity leave, paternity leave, shared parental leave and adoption leave.

Employers must understand when each type of leave applies and the distinctions between them. Each type of leave listed here involves a specific range of statutory rights and legal responsibilities for employers to meet. Failure to do so may easily result in an employment tribunal further down the line.

Although basic detail on leave entitlement, statutory pay and length of absence may be outlined in the company handbook, an ongoing dialogue between employer and employee is necessary to ensure that both parties are fully aware of their rights and responsibilities at each stage.

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