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  • Family Rights at Work

Family Rights at Work

A Guide to Employment Law


A practical book explaining the highly regulated framework governing the rights of working parents

Family Rights at Work: A Guide to Employment Law explains the highly regulated framework which governs the rights of working parents, and the difficulties that can arise in the law surrounding it, including:
  • Maternity issues
  • Adoption rights
  • Part-time and flexible working
  • Parental leave rights
  • Further discrimination including sexual orientation
Clear sections address each family-related issue which employers may encounter, and combine case-law analysis with guidance on how the rules and regulations can be applied in practice.

 With its practical approach, Family Rights at Work: A Guide to Employment Law will assist employment lawyers and in-house lawyers, HR departments and local government lawyers with advising both employers and employees on the rights of working parents.
 Essential reading for:
  • Employment law practitioners
  • In-house lawyers
  • Local government lawyers
  • Human resources personnel
 Employment Law e-news
  • An Introduction to Family-friendly Law
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Pregnancy-related Rights
  • Maternity Leave
  • Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay
  • Statutory Maternity Pay and Allowances
  • Part-time and Flexible Working
  • Parental Leave
  • Other Kinds of Discrimination
  • Positive Action and Family Rights in
  • Employment
  • Key Procedures and Getting Help
  • Supporting Legislation
"the book is at once a practical guide and reference tool for employment lawyers (as well as in-house and local government lawyers) and human resources professionals...the book provides invaluable assistance to professionals seeking to navigate their way through the legislation which governs the rights of working parents...practical approach, readability and ease of use commend it"
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 An appreciaion by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

"the authors put great emphasis on the practical application of the statutory framework. With its clear structure and style, this guide will provide invaluable guidance for employment lawyers and in-house lawyers, HR departments and local government lawyers"
 German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce
Preface of Family Rights at Work: A Guide to Employment Law by Mrs Justice Laura Cox

The ability of men and women to fulfill the demands of work and also to enjoy a family life reaps real benefits, not only for employers and workers but also for the general well-being of society. We know this to be true. Working parents who can spend quality time with their children tend to be happier, healthier people, who are therefore more productive when they are at work. A working life that relentlessly takes you out of the home at dawn and back into it after bedtime is bad for your health, your relationships, your children and your sanity. We know this to be true too.

 Yet the case for enabling workers to achieve that elusive balance between work and family life has still to be made out. Making provision for such a balance is still regarded, in some quarters, as inconsistent with economic growth and with the doctrine that ‘time is money’.

 But the law has stepped in, at first hesitatingly and then in ever-increasing strides. The need for respect and protection for workers’ family lives has become part of the zeitgeist of our age. The laws that govern workers’ family rights are now many and various, yet the connections between them are not always apparent. The thinking behind them has also changed. The notion that a balance between work and family life is an issue only for women is now disappearing, as more men want to share family responsibilities, or realise that they should share them, and as more men understand just how much they stand to lose by not achieving that balance for themselves.

 This is therefore an important book, written at an important point in time. Understanding all these laws and how to apply them correctly is essential for everyone concerned with the world of work. Workers and employers alike need to know what their rights and obligations are. The authors, all experts in the field, are therefore to be congratulated for providing, in one place and in a readily accessible and comprehensive format, a book that fully explains all the relevant legal principles and the connections between them.

 In both structure and content this book has successfully achieved its aim of providing both thoughtful analysis and practical guidance for all those who need to understand, to advise on or to apply laws which will govern working people’s lives for many years to come. It deserves a place on everyone’s bookshelf.
 Mrs Justice Laura Cox, January 2012
Anna Beale is an employment and discrimination specialist with a prolific appellate practice. She has particular expertise in the field of equal pay. Reported decisions include BP plc v Elstone [2010] ICR 879 and Wong v Igen Ltd [2005] 1 931. She has contributed to a number of publications including (with Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnow) Human Rights and Employment Law  (OUP 2007)

 Tom Brown specialises in employment, discrimination, public and human rights law and has experience spanning a range of clients and sectors of industry. He often provides advice for regulatory and public bodies including the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Tom has regularly appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal and recently acted in Buckland v Bournemouth University [2010] ICR 908. In 2002-2003 Tom acted as judicial assistant to the late Lord Bingham of Cornhill, then Senior Law Lord.

 Yvette Budé initially qualified as a solicitor before pursuing an employment and discrimination practice at the bar. She acted for both employers and employees. Yvette appeared in numerous landmark decisions including Fecitt and ors v NHS Manchester [2011] EWCA Civ 1190 (which recalibrated the law on causation in cases of whistleblowing). She served as Junior Counsel to the Crown (C panel) and was called to the New York Bar.

 Sally Cowen has been practising in all areas of Employment since 1995, but has a particular interest in discrimination claims. She appears in the High Court, EAT, County Courts and ET. She also appears in the Scottish ET and EAT. Her crossover practice with personal injury gives her ease in the county court when dealing with discrimination claims and in the calculation of damages. Sally acts for employees and employers and she is regularly instructed by large service industry companies including major banks, NHS Trusts and charities.

 David Massarella is recognised by Chambers and Partners as a leading junior in employment law with a thriving appellate practices including such landmark decisions as Meikle v Nottinghamshire County Council [2005] ICR 1 and Hardy & Hansons v Lax [2005] ICR 1565. He is co-author of the forthcoming guide to the Equality Act 2010 (Legal Action Group) and has contributed to leading publications including the Solicitor’s Journal. David’s experience of equality matters incorporates both employment matters and the provision of goods and services.

 Chris Milsom is an employment law specialist who has acted for clients ranging from FTSE 250 companies, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Church of England, NHS Trusts and leading trade unions. Chris has accrued experience in a wide variety of industry sectors and in all major areas of discrimination law acting for both claimants and respondents. He has provided advocacy tuition to students at the College of Law and has contributed to the New Law Journal. Chris has regularly appeared before Employment Appeal Tribunal and advises on employment matters in the civil courts such as stress at work claims and restrictive covenants.

 Sally Robertson specialises in the full range of discrimination and employment law and has regularly appeared in the EAT and the Court of Appeal. She has particular expertise of local authority and non-for-profit sectors including advice and representation in highly complex TUPE situations. Her work in the area of disability discrimination is especially renowned, bolstered by her consistent contributions to the Disability Rights Handbook and her practice in cases involving mental health and social security concerns. She has co-authored “Recent developments in Social Security law” for the Legal Action bulletin since 1994.

 Sarah Fraser Butlin is an experienced employment law practitioner with particular expertise in multi-ground discrimination claims and appellate work. In addition to her private practices Sarah teaches at the University of Cambridge and has contributed to numerous publications including the Industrial Law Journal and the Discrimination Handbook (LAG 2nd edn).

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