Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption rights in the UK apply both before and after birth or adoption. Mothers, fathers, partners and adoptive parents are entitled to paternity, maternity or adoption leave and pay and shared parental leave.
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This factsheet was last updated by Rachel Suff: Senior Employee Relations Adviser, CIPD
Rachel informs CIPD policy thinking on health and wellbeing as well as employment relations. She has over 25 years’ experience in the employment and HR arena.
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