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You may remember the Court of Appeal decision in Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall last year. The Court of Appeal decided that it was not discriminatory to pay men on shared parental leave less than women on maternity leave. The special treatment women receive in relation to pregnancy and childbirth is a legal exception to the rules on discrimination.

The Supreme Court has now refused the employee’s request to appeal that decision. This means that the Court of Appeal’s decision is now the final word on the issue, which will bring comfort to employers. Employers can choose to enhance maternity pay without enhancing shared parental pay.

Find out how we can help.  Our partner, Jon Dunkley, heads the Wollens specialist Employment Department.  Contact him today for an informal chat, without obligation on 01271 342268 or via email at jon.dunkley@wollens.co.uk.