Family-Friendly Rights and Equality Law

Family-Friendly Rights and Equality Law


There is a comprehensive suite of statutory provisions for employees and some workers which cover the leave, pay and other entitlements and rights associated with fulfilling family caring responsibilities.

The resources in this section cover maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental leave and pay benefits as well as the linked rights to take unpaid parental leave and time off for dependants and to request flexible working arrangements.

This topic collection also covers the broader area of equality law insofar as it applies to employers and employees. Equality law protects individuals from discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marital status and civil partnership status. Public sector bodies (including maintained schools, academies, sixth form colleges and some other establishments exercising public sector functions) are additionally required to fulfil the public sector equality duty which places certain obligations on such bodies, not limited to employment. Larger establishments (250+ staff) now also have to undertake annual gender pay gap reporting which is covered in our equality section.

Use the links on the right to access all the subtopics in this collection.