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Family Friendly Rights

Over the past decade, there has been a steady increase in the rights of families at work in an effort to promote a healthy work-life balance.

Maternity rights, paternity rights and the right to request flexible working have all recently undergone some changes, and you can find out more from UFS.

Many working parents have a right to:

> Paid and unpaid maternity leave;
> Paid and unpaid paternity leave;
> Paid and unpaid adoption leave;
> Request flexible working hours;
> Unpaid parental leave for parents of children under five (18 if your child is disabled);
> Unpaid time off to deal with emergency care of dependants.

A request must be properly considered by your employer and can only be refused on certain specified grounds.

Could any of the above apply to you? Are you thinking about having a baby? Are you pregnant or have young children?

How can UFS help me?

UFS can help you every step of the way, from helping you tell your employer at the right time, to ensuring you are not put at risk in the workplace.  We can also advise you on how to ask for flexible working and help put your request to your employer. 

UFS have helped many new parents through their request for more flexible working, whether less hours, term-time contracts or different days.  If you are thinking about requesting flexible working, speak to your UFS Regional Secretary, who can give you practical advice on what this should include.

You may also be invited to a meeting to discuss any request for flexible working and UFS can offer representation at this meeting.  We will ensure you are treated fairly and your points are considered reasonably.  

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