Work and Families Act

April saw new legislation coming into force giving improvements to maternity leave and pay and the introduction of the right for carers to request flexible working. Key points are:
– Statutory maternity and adoption pay is extended from 26 weeks to 39 weeks for babies who are due on or after 1 April or where a child is placed for adoption on the same date.
– All pregnant employees regardless of length of service are entitled to 52 weeks maternity leave, made up of 26 weeks ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks additional maternity leave.
– Women or adopters can go into work for up to 10 mutually agreed “Keeping in Touch Days” during Maternity/Adoption Leave.
– The regulations clarify that an employer is entitled to make reasonable contact with an employee during maternity and adoption leave.
– The notice period is extended from 4 to 8 weeks for an employee to notify their employer of return to work earlier than previously agreed or notified under Maternity and Adoption Leave.
– The right to request flexible working is extended to carers of adults.

The UNITE Negotiators’ Guide on Work-Life Balance has been up-dated to incorporate these changes and is available online. The DTI website also gives detail on the act.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have voted for more industrial action over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Strike days announced so far are:

  • Wed 24 – Fri 26 Jan 2018
  • Tue 30 Jan 2018
  • Thu 8 Feb – Wed 14 Feb 2018
  • Thu 22 Feb
  • Sat 24- Wed 28 Feb 2018
  • Fri 16 – Wed 21 Mar
  • Thu 29 Mar – Fri 6 Apr 2018

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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