Pregnancy and maternity

Pregnancy and maternity

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It makes sound business sense to implement good maternity and parental policies and support staff returning to work from leave. By demonstrating that you value your people you can improve retention, reduce recruitment and training costs, and benefit from attracting candidates from a wider pool of talent.

The Think Business Think Equality guidance to accompany this topic has been broken down into 5 booklets which you can download here.

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Pregnancy and Maternity: Useful links and tools

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has produced a handy Maternity date calculator to help you calculate key dates for staff before and during their Maternity Leave.

Maternity Calculator

The EHRC has created 6 handy recommendations to help improve pregnancy and maternity practice in your business.

EHRC recommendations

There are a number of employer and employee video case studies on the EHRC website covering recruitment through to return to work.

Video case studies

The UK Government has created a handy Statutory Maternity Pay calculator to help employers calculate how much to pay their staff.

Statutory Maternity Pay calculator

The UK Government has produced a number of practical guides on the statutory requirements for Maternity Leave and Pay.

Statutory Maternity Leave and Pay: employer guide

Pregnant employees' rights

Employees rights when on leave

Maternity Allowance

Financial help for employers with Statutory Pay

Adoption Leave and Pay: Useful links and tools

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has produced an adoption date calculator to help you calculate your staff member's adoption leave.

Adoption Leave calculator

The UK Government has created a handy Statutory Adoption Pay calculator to help employers calculate how much to pay their staff.

Statutory adoption pay calculator

The UK Government website also includes a number of guides on statutory requirements on Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay.

Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay: employer guide

Employee rights when on leave

Financial help for employers with Statutory Pay

Fathers and Partners: Useful links and tools

The UK Government has created a handy Statutory Paternity Pay calculator to help employers calculate how much to pay their staff.

Statutory Paternity Pay calculator

The UK Government has also produced a number of practical employer guides on leave and pay for fathers and partners.

Unpaid Parental Leave: employers guide

Statutory Paternity Leave and Pay: employers guide

Statutory Shared Parental Leave and Pay: employers guide

Financial help for employers with Statutory Pay

Shared Parental Leave: Useful links and tools

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has produced a template policy on Shared Parental Leave on their website.

Shared Parental Leave template policy

The UK Government has produced a number of practical guides on the statutory requirements of Shared Parental Leave for employers.

Shared Parental Leave and Pay: employers guide

Shared Parental Leave and Pay: employers technical guide

Employee rights when on leave

Financial help for employers with Statutory Pay

Return to Work: Useful links and tools

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has produced a number of video case studies both from the employee and employer perspective. The videos deal with a range of issues from recruitment to return to work.

Video case studies

EQUATE Scotland runs a successful returners programme for women in STEM, their website includes information on the benefits of the programme and how to get involved if you are a STEM employer.

EQUATE Scotland Returners programme

The UK Government has created a number of practical employer guides on statutory requirements.

Time off for family and dependents

Statutory sick pay

Useful links

Close the Gap - Scotland's national policy and advocacy organisation working on women's labour market participation. Close the Gap supports employers to address the causes of the gender pay gap.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission - Independant statutory body with responsibility for advancing equality, promoting human rights and enforcing equalities legislation.

EQUATE Scotland - Works on gender equality in science, technology, engineering and the built environment in Scotland.

ACAS - Provides advice and information to employers and employees on a range of work related issues.

UK Government

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