Name: Working parent's rights
Description: Working parent's rights

Working parent's rights

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Parents and parents-to-be have certain employment rights around leave and pay.

Pregnant employees' rights include paid time off for antenatal care; maternity leave; maternity pay or maternity allowance; and, protection against unfair treatment, discrimination or dismissal.

Maternity and paternity pay and leave are something working parents should look into whether they're eligible for when they have a child.

Working Families help working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work – Legal Helpline 0300 012 0312.

ACAS provide information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems – Helpline 0300 123 1100.

Maternity Action offer advice and information to help you understand and take up your rights and entitlements throughout your pregnancy, maternity leave and return to work – Maternity Rights Advice Line 0808 802 0029.

Citizens Advice offer practical, up-to-date information and advice on a wide range of topics including work rights. There's a Dartford branch of Citizens Advice where you can call into one of their drop-in sessions or for more complicated queries, an appointment may be booked for a longer interview – Telephone Advice line 0300 330 9001.

If you're working hours or income changes, check whether you're entitled to benefits such as Tax Credits, Housing Benefit and Child Benefit. Visit our page on financial support for families for more information.

Last Updated: 16th March 2021