If you have an understanding of the statutory rules .For example, how much does an employee have to earn to be entitled to statutory maternity pay, when can they start it, how long does it last for, what does it cost an employer?
But it is the other issues where some professional HR guidance can be invaluable
- For example what happens to an employees holidays whilst on maternity leave.
- What if they want to come back part time
- What happens if they don’t want to come back
- Can I make someone redundant whilst on maternity leave
- What special rights do pregnant worker have
- Caution is the important word as pregnant employees are protected form any form of discrimination because they are pregnant, if they win their case there is no ceiling on the compensation they can claim—it doesn’t matter if the discrimination is accidental, last year an employee made a successful claim because they didn’t receive the same Christmas bonus as her colleagues though she had been on maternity leave for 8 months of the year
Gemma Kelly has worked in HR for 15 years and has received the CIPD Level 7 Award in Employment Law, as well as a Masters Degree in Legal Practice, the Legal Practice Course qualifying as a Trainee Solicitor, and a Law Degree with Honours.
Gemma has excelled within several different departments and specialises in drafting employment documentation, carrying out employment status checks and support with disciplinary and grievance meetings. Gemma also deals with more complex employment issues such as redundancy, TUPE, settlement agreements, managing employee absenteeism and restrictive covenants to help prevent the poaching of staff or clients and to prevent employees from working in direct competition post-employment.
Areas where we can help you:
- Contracts of Employment/ Employee Handbooks
- Apprenticeship agreements/contracts Maternity
- Staff leaving/being poached
- Restrictive Covenants
- Training agreements
- Fire Risk Assessments
- Health & Safety policies
- Employment tribunals
- Employed/Self-Employed status?
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