For many people, the whole process of earning enough money to live on and to get by on a day-to-day basis is very difficult. People also need help to maintain and enjoy the rights to family life that the European Convention on Human Rights gives them. These rights apply to everyone. Whether in a family breakdown situation or not, knowing about the issues mentioned below can make a huge difference. 

As well as paid maternity and paternity leave, since late 2014 the law also allows for shared paid parental leave. Since April 2015 employees have had a right to time off for adoption appointments and adoption leave. 

Those who are refused these rights could take up the matter with their employers and if necessary think about mediation. However, the important thing is to know your rights in the first place! A lot of what is information is available on government websites. Also, even in an era of financial cuts there are organisations out there such as law centres or citizens advice bureaux who can give free advice.

ALSO, VERY IMPORTANTLY IN A JUDGMENT ISSUED  ON 09/09/2015, the European Court of Justice gave an  important decision about the rights of workers who do not have a fixed or habitual place of work. 

The Court decided that workers in such a situation should be seen as carrying out their work duties over the whole duration of those journeys. It also took  the view that the workers are at the employer’s disposal for the time of the journeys and that during those journeys, a worker should be considered as being at work.

On the face of it this is a very significant decision. A number of different groups of workers including care workers may be affected. It is suggested that those who are potentially affected seek advice.