Maternity and family-friendly rights policy

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What's a maternity and family-friendly policy, and when do you need it?

This template includes all the statutory requirements, as well as optional elements for you to consider. It applies to all employees. It does not apply to other workers or self-employed contractors.

It is the most detailed policy of all the Farillio employment policies and that is because there are a number of family-friendly rights under UK employment law, and each type needs to be accurately described here, so it can be understood and the procedures relating to it can be easily applied by you and your employees.

It is really important that you read this policy document carefully and that you are prepared to put in place the arrangements, including relevant documentation, that you are legally obliged to make. The shared parental leave arrangements are particularly detailed and will require internal organisation to be able to stay on top of them and what is legally required of you.

Almost all of the rights covered by this policy apply to each period of pregnancy and subsequent leave, and not to each baby. This means, for example, that the rights covered and the periods of leave for twins (or more) are the same as those for just one baby.

This is one of the policies where we strongly recommend that from the outset, you take advice from a legal expert. There are a number of pragmatic as well as legal choices that you will need to make as you set up this policy for your business, (especially if you are doing it for the first time), so getting an experienced steer from an expert, who is on top of all the latest developments and changes to family rights under UK law, will be highly beneficial, if not essential.

Our experts recommend that you do not give this policy contractual status in any employment contract that you put in place, but that you do reference it in that contract, make clear that the employee is expected to comply with the policy and that you have the right to update or revise it, in your discretion and when you want to.