About the toolkit
The toolkit aims to make it easier for employers to meet their legal requirements and support pregnant women and new parents by providing a range of practical information and clear, easy to follow guidance. The information has been developed by Maternity Action’s in-house legal team, with expert knowledge of maternity rights at work.
The toolkit provides information on managing pregnancy, maternity, adoption, paternity and other family leave provisions in the workplace and is aimed at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
The toolkit builds on previous work undertaken by Maternity Action to understand the needs of SME employers and how best to resource them with information on supporting expectant and new parents.
We would welcome feedback from employers to help us further improve the toolkit resource. If you would like to take part in using the toolkit and providing feedback, please contact us at: email@example.com
Maternity Action is pleased to be working in partnership with the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter to develop and promote the toolkit resource to local employers.
This toolkit forms part of Maternity Action’s Greater Manchester Maternity Rights at Work project, intended to improve health and employment outcomes for working women who are pregnant, recovering from birth or experiencing pregnancy loss. The project is being funded through the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund, part of a partnership programme between Department of Health & Social Care, NHS England and UK Health Security Agency.
Further support for employers
We hope the information in the toolkit provides answers to common questions about managing pregnancy, maternity, adoption, paternity and other family leave provisions in the workplace.
Maternity Action provides advice to pregnant women and new parents. If an employee has a question about their maternity or parental rights at work, please refer them to our telephone and email advice services. Our Manchester Maternity Rights Advice Service delivers advice to parents in the Greater Manchester and East Cheshire region. We also deliver a London regional service and a national advice service, available to all parents. Maternity Action is unable to provide advice to employers.
For further information or support for employers, please see the following resources:
Acas: free and impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice for employees and employers.
YESS Law: employment law advice charity providing low cost advice to resolve workplace disputes.
Tommy’s: Pregnancy and Parenting at Work training.
The Women’s Organisation: Women’s Workplace Wellness Project.