• Distinction Between Ordinary (OML) and Additional Maternity Leave (AML) to be Removed August 2008

    The draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations have been published. Women whose expected week of childbirth is on or after 5 October 2008 or adopters whose child is due to be placed on or after this date, will be entitled to the same rights in respect of non-pay benefits under the contract of employment throughout both OML and AML. As a result employees on AML will be entitled to the non-remuneration terms and conditions which they would have been entitled to had they not been absent, ie. Gym membership, health insurance or use of a company car, benefits previously only available to those on OML.

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