Work and Families

Employment law aims to support both employers and working families by providing a framework of rights and responsibilities for both employer and employee. 

This site contains information and guidance for employment advisors and intermediaries on the following areas - for more detail please click on the links on the left hand side of this page:

  • Adoption Leave and Pay
  • Flexible Working and Work Life Balance
  • Maternity Leave and Pay
  • Paternity Leave and Pay
  • Additional Paternity Leave and Pay
  • Parental Leave
  • Part-time Work
  • Time off for Dependents

To help you find what you are looking for quickly please also consider the following additional sources:

If you are an employer you may wish to visit the Business Link website, which provides practical advice for business.

If you are an employee please refer to the Directgov website which has information on all employment rights including work and families.

If you require further help Acas produce a number of useful guidance publications for both employers and employees. These can be downloaded from their website (see External Links). Acas also operate a helpline to answer employment questions: 08457 47 47 47 (open from 08.00 – 18.00 Monday to Friday).

Prospective mothers and their employers may also find it helpful to refer to the leaflet ‘Pregnancy and work: What you need to know’ (see Related Documents) which outlines the basic Rights, Responsibilities and obligations for employers and employees.

Links to these and other sources of information and guidance can be found on the right hand side of this page.

Changes to the Law for babies due on or after 1 April 2007 are detailed in our new guidance

Guidance Giving Information on the Rights for Pregnant Women

and for children expected to be placed for adoption on of after 1 April 2007 details are here 

Guidance Giving Information on Adoption Leave and Pay

Regulations and Consultation

The Maternity and adoption leave and pay regulations have now come into force as of 1 October 2006 (see External Links).

A Summary of the Responses and the Government Response to the 2006 consultation on draft flexible working regulations is available (see link in "Related Links")