Are men on shared parental leave entitled to the same rights to pay as women on maternity leave?

20th March 2020

Are men on shared parental leave entitled to the same rights to pay as women on maternity leave?

Last year the Court of Appeal decided, in the case of Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall, that it was not discriminatory to pay men, who were taking shared parental leave, less than women who were on maternity leave.

Statute provides a legal exception which provides for special treatment for women in relation to pregnancy and childbirth.

The Supreme Court has now rejected the employee’s application to appeal that decision, so the Court of Appeal’s decision is the final word on this issue.

For advice around parental leave, contact 01473 298126 or email marie.allen@gotelee.co.uk.

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