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Money Box Live: Maternity & paternity rights

Lucy McLynn, Eddy Graham and Sian Keall
BBC Radio 4's Money Box Live
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 at 1502 GMT On Radio 4 and Online

On Wednesday's programme Paul Lewis put your questions about maternity and parental rights to a panel of expert guests.

New mothers will be able to transfer the second half of their year-long maternity leave to the father, the government confirmed last month.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills says the changes would take effect from April 2011. Under the plan, if a mother returns to work, the father could take six months off with half paid at £123.06 week. This will enable parents to share a period of paid leave between them, giving families greater flexibility in how they choose to look after their children.

The proposed changes affect England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland is expected to follow later.

If you have questions about any aspect of maternity or paternity rights including benefits, working arrangements or pay then Paul Lewis and guests will be available to take your questions.

How much maternity or paternity pay could you be entitled to?

What are your employers obligations to you?

If you are adopting, does that affect your parental rights at work?

Is your entitlement different if you work part time?

Paul Lewis was joined by:

  • Lucy McLynn, partner, Bates Wells & Braitwaite
  • Eddy Graham, benefits advisor, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Sian Keall, head of employment, Travers Smith

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producer: Diane Richardson

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