Rights for parents

Family Friendly Employee

The law does provide quite a wide, and often confusing, set of laws which are designed to protect you and your family and we can help you understand which, if any, is applicable to your situation and how best to use the law to help you.

We can help with any aspect of family rights.

  • Maternity Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Adoption Leave
  • Shared Parental Leave
  • Discrimination laws
  • Flexible Working
  • Part-time Working
  • Unpaid Parental Leave
  • Time off for Dependents

Depending on your personal situation, there may be a number of different rights that apply to you. For those actually pregnant, Maternity Leave and the rules surrounding it can be confusing – we can help you understand your rights, and those of your partner. If you’ve had your family but need help to enable you to continue working whilst juggling family responsibilities, we can help you there too. There are protections which may apply to you if you are seeking help to conceive, and there are different laws which apply if you are at the other end of the spectrum and going through the menopause. Here at Bridge we can help you work out which law you need and if it applies to you.

We regularly work with senior executives and professionals who:

  • Didn’t get a job because they were pregnant or have children
  • Have been bullied or harassed
  • Weren’t allowed to return to your job following maternity leave on the same terms
  • Were unfairly passed over for a promotion
  • Were denied a flexible working request without good reason
  • Were dismissed or made redundant.

We can help you make contact with your employer, and do our best to keep your employment relationship alive (if that’s what you want) and where that fails we can take you through a potential claim, a settlement or a Tribunal claim if that is appropriate.

We help mothers, fathers, guardians and adoptive parents with a range of employment law issues. Family life is so important, and senior employees shouldn’t have to give up their rights because of their position. Our lawyers can help:

  • Employees
  • Senior executives
  • Directors
  • Partners
  • Board members
  • Professionals
  • Consultants
  • Doctors, Dentists and other healthcare professionals.

Your employer must first identify the reason, and they must then follow a fair procedure, which generally means following the ACAS Code.  They may have their own disciplinary procedure which may have more details, although they are rarely bound by these as they are usually for guidance rather than obligatory.

We are experienced in the field of family-friendly legislation, and at Bridge we practice what we preach.  All our staff work flexibly, and we have first-hand experience of how to juggle a professional job, give excellent service and maintain a family-life.  We provide a quality service at a reasonable cost and we can work with you to enable you to continue your career after having your family.

For more information or to discuss your circumstances with our family friendly Employment lawyers in York & Leeds, please call us on 01904 360295, email enquiries@bridgeehr.co.uk or complete our contact form.


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