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Q: We pay enhanced maternity pay but only statutory shared parental leave pay. A male employee has taken shared parental leave and raised a grievance because we don’t pay the same. Any advice? A: Deana Bates, an employment solicitor at Simpson Millar LLP replies... Unfortunately, the law in this area is far from...
Q: A pregnant employee wants to take time off for relaxation sessions. Do we have to agree and should it be paid? A: Alacoque Marvin, employment solicitor at Wrigleys Solicitors replies... The short answer to this question is very likely to be: yes. If the person making the request is an employee...
Q: An employee has asked about breastfeeding at work. What are our legal obligations? Katie Mahoney, Associate, at Doyle Clayton replies... A: “Breastfeeding at work” can encompass a number of different arrangements. For some mothers it can mean being able to go home or to a nearby nursery to breastfeed their...
Q: A full-time employee on maternity leave has requested to return part-time. She’s expected to return in three months. Any tips on how to handle the situation and what are our risks if we refuse?  A: Catherine Greig, Senior Associate at MacRoberts LLP answers... As with most employee issues, the key is communication...
Q: A pregnant employee’s performance has dropped. She’s made a few mistakes and missed deadlines. A customer has complained she wasn’t on her game. Any tips on how to handle the performance issue? A: Paul McFarlane, a Partner in the Employment, Pensions and Immigration Team and Louise Singh, a Professional...
Q: Can we make a pregnant employee redundant if we are retaining a non-pregnant employee doing the same job? Paul McAleavey, Senior Associate at Girlings LLP, answers... A: Yes, but only if the employer has a genuine redundancy situation, the pregnancy is not the reason for the employee being selected for...
Q: Do we have to retain an employee on maternity leave in a redundancy situation? Natasha Adom, Senior Counsel at GQ Employment Law LLP, answers...  The short answer is no. However, because employees on maternity leave have special legal rights and protections, before making such employees redundant you must tread very...
Q: Can we use a settlement agreement in an individual redundancy situation? Naomi Greenwood, a Partner specialising in employment law at Moore Blatch LLP answers. You can! But whether it is advisable to do so is a much debated matter. There are two schools of thought as to whether it is...
Q: We’ve got a disciplinary situation with one of our employees. Can we use a settlement agreement to resolve it and if so, how can we best go about it? Jayne Harrison, Director at Cleggs Solicitors answers... You might want to enter into a settlement agreement with an employee rather than...
Question:  A manager has offered an employee a severance deal in an email which has been accepted. The employee is now refusing to sign a settlement agreement and is claiming the emails set out the deal. Any advice? Bryn Doyle, Partner, at Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP answers... The starting point...