54,000 women are being forced out of their jobs each year after returning from maternity leave.
Nov20

54,000 women are being forced out of their jobs each year after returning from maternity leave.

New stats have been released from Equality Human Rights recently which has revealed some shocking figures. Around one in nine mothers reported the following: – They were dismissed – Made compulsorily redundant – Treated so poorly that they felt they had no choice other than to leave their role       If these figures are scaled up to the whole population, this could mean as many as 54,000 mothers a year...

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Nearly a third of fathers believe taking shared parental leave will hamper career progression
Oct23

Nearly a third of fathers believe taking shared parental leave will hamper career progression

Nearly two-thirds of workers say men are less committed to their career if they take up shared parental leave according to the latest Hays UK Gender Diversity Report 2017. Half of UK workers also believe fathers don’t take the full parental leave they are entitled to due to fears of an adverse impact on their finances. The research, complied by recruiter Hays, refers to a survey of over 5,400 respondents from professionals in the UK,...

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Balancing childcare with work hits parents’ health and wellbeing
Sep26

Balancing childcare with work hits parents’ health and wellbeing

More than a third of parents (34%) claim balancing childcare responsibilities with work has negatively impacted their health or mental wellbeing, research has revealed. In a study of 1,123 workers by Willis Towers Watson, only 27% of workers said their employer currently offers childcare support or benefits. Furthermore, a third said their employers fails to pay maternity or paternity leave above the statutory minimum.    ...

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Two in five low-paid mums and dads penalised by bad bosses, TUC study reveals  
Sep15

Two in five low-paid mums and dads penalised by bad bosses, TUC study reveals  

Asking for family-friendly working patterns leads to them getting fewer hours, worse shifts and in some cases losing their jobs, low-paid mums and dads report Half (47%) of low-paid young mums and dads are struggling to manage work and childcare, a new TUC report has revealed. More than two in five (42%) said they felt penalised at work when they asked for flexibility – telling the TUC they are subsequently given fewer hours, worse...

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The case for flexible working
Aug25

The case for flexible working

Richard Morris, UK CEO, Regus   Consider the typical working day. An early start, a stressful commute to reach a fixed point before 9am, a lunchbreak – often curtailed and spent at the desk – and a tiring journey home, leaving the office at a set time to ensure that travel connections are made.  Although the notion of the 9-5 working day was established in Victorian times the fact is that not much has changed regarding...

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Welsh working parents to get free childcare for 3-4 year olds
Aug11

Welsh working parents to get free childcare for 3-4 year olds

The Welsh Government’s have announced plans to offer free childcare for working parents. Working parents will benefit from 30 hours of early education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks a year. Parents will receive a combined total of 30 hours of early education and childcare during term time. The current free early education provided by the Foundation Phase will form part of this offer. For 9 weeks of the year,...

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When returning to work isn’t easy –  a surveyor’s story
Jul27

When returning to work isn’t easy – a surveyor’s story

Women’s maternity rights often dominate the news – but even in a supportive company, where rights are respected, returning to work is not always easy, especially in the male dominated world of surveying. Marion Ellis BSc (Hons) MRICS shares how her experience has led her to champion support for other women in the industry. It took my very own mini Arianna Huffington moment after returning to work from maternity leave to...

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Employers losing out on returner talent as women swap industry for flexibility
Jul20

Employers losing out on returner talent as women swap industry for flexibility

It seems that women returners are prepared to change role and industry to get the flexibility they need to manage work and home responsibilities.  Employers wanting to attract and retain returner talent need to build flexibility into their thinking. One in six women return to work in a different function and 38% change industry sector saying their current job offers more flexibility than the one they had prior to taking a break (59%)....

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Organisations team together to help mums into work and progress through part-time apprenticeships
Jul20

Organisations team together to help mums into work and progress through part-time apprenticeships

Young Women’s Trust, Trust for London, flexibility experts Timewise and the Learning and Work Institute are teaming up to promote part-time apprenticeships that will help people with caring responsibilities get back into work, as well as progress their careers. While the number of people doing apprenticeships has increased since the introduction of the levy in April, many – particularly women, people with caring responsibilities,...

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Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB
Jul13

Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB

Trade Unions GMB and Unison have slammed the University of South Wales for its decision set to sell off staff working at the University’s popular creche facility based at the Treforest Campus. The facility provides vital nursery places to 100 children from the local community, staff and students, who have campaigned vigorously since March this year after the University threatened closure and the withdrawal of  a £142,000 subsidy...

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Over half of working parents spending up to £1,800 a year on unnecessary childcare
Jul13

Over half of working parents spending up to £1,800 a year on unnecessary childcare

More than a quarter will pay up to £800 on holiday clubs alone this Summer 41% unaware of legal right to take unpaid parental leave to care for their children 75% have never used unpaid parental leave 61% think unpaid leave should extend to caring for pets as well as children 57% of working parents could be spending up to £1,800 a year unnecessarily on childcare cover after research found that a staggering 41% are unaware of their...

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European countries putting the UK’s paternity leave to shame – Swedish fathers get an extra 80 days with their newborn
Jun16

European countries putting the UK’s paternity leave to shame – Swedish fathers get an extra 80 days with their newborn

Ahead of Father’s Day, here’s a few facts about parental leave for British Dads: Just 1% of dads in the UK take advantage of shared parental leave “Two weeks is not enough time off for new fathers in Britain and paid leave for dads specifically should be increased!” A total of 28 countries have better paternity leave and pay schemes than the UK Swedish fathers get a huge 80 additional days with their new-born compared to...

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61% of employers claim caring responsibilities are a leading cause of absence, reports GRiD
Jun12

61% of employers claim caring responsibilities are a leading cause of absence, reports GRiD

Employer research conducted by group risk industry body GRiD shows that caring issues are becoming a major cause of workforce absence. Home and family issues (which are often related to caring issues or the breakdown of care arrangements), plus more specific issues with providing elder and child care are resulting in absence from work and lost productivity. For 61% of employers these issues are a main cause of short-term absence (less...

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Paid paternity leave firmly on the agenda – but shared parental leave remains unspoken and unused
May31

Paid paternity leave firmly on the agenda – but shared parental leave remains unspoken and unused

Annelise Tracy Phillips, a senior associate in the Employment Law team at Burges Salmon LLP discusses why British Fathers are not taking up shared parental leave and why increasing paid paternity leave is likely to have more uptake. In their Election 2017 manifesto the Liberal Democrats have promised to double paid paternity leave entitlements for working fathers. Labour promises a similar increase in the length of paid paternity...

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Tax Free Childcare: an HR guide to the new system and why more parents will be affected than originally expected
May04

Tax Free Childcare: an HR guide to the new system and why more parents will be affected than originally expected

James Malia, Director of Employee Benefits, Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services discusses that since the Government has changed the way it’s rolling out Tax Free Childcare, more parents will be affected than originally thought. The Government has just rolled out its Tax Free Childcare scheme (TFC), but many working parents will be unaware that this change could impact them sooner rather than later. As part of the launch, the...

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