Thousands of working mothers cut short maternity leave over discrimination & job fears
Jul20

Thousands of working mothers cut short maternity leave over discrimination & job fears

Despite the Government announcing a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to maternity discrimination back in February, newly released research has found that it is still a massive problem for UK parents and parents-to-be.  The problem is contributing to women feeling unable to take their full maternity leave, with researchers finding: Only 12% of working mothers take a full year’s maternity leave and almost one in five (18%) take...

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Maternity leave around the world –
Jul05

Maternity leave around the world –

Ever wondered how the UK compares on maternity leave and benefits? Instant Offices have taken a closer look at what maternity leave looks like around the world, and how the UK fares against our international neighbours. Which Countries have the most maternity leave?   COUNTRY DAYS WAGES PAID PROVIDER   1.       SWEDEN 480 80% SOCIAL INSURANCE 2.       CROATIA 365+ 100% HEALTH INSURANCE FUND (until 6 months) – rest paid by...

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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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Worldwide debate erupts as Aussie politician breastfeeds in Parliament
May11

Worldwide debate erupts as Aussie politician breastfeeds in Parliament

Australian Senator Larissa Waters made headlines this week by becoming the first politician to breastfeed in the Australian Parliament during a vote on Tuesday. Waters is the first politician to actually breastfeed in the Australian Parliament, but Spanish MP Carolina Benscansa breastfed her son in parliament last year.  A conservative parliamentarian accused her of taking a “lamentable” action, and a socialist MP called it...

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Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC
May02

Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC

Less than one in three women are given protective clothing and equipment specifically designed for women, according to a report published by the TUC last Friday. So why do employers need to consider men and women differently when it comes to PPE? “PPE cannot protect a worker from hazards if it does not fit. Equipment designed for men may not fit women properly due to differences in body size, height and composition”, says...

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Research proves ‘parental penalty’: women earn 3% less per child
Apr13

Research proves ‘parental penalty’: women earn 3% less per child

Mothers are paid 3% less for every child they have compared to their female colleagues who do not have children, new research from Université Paris-Saclay reveals. Fathers suffer no such penalty at all. Lionel Wilner, Director of Graduate Studies at engineering and statistics school ENSAE, founding member of Université Paris-Saclay, studied 16 years of data from organisations in the French private sector between 1995 and 2011 to...

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The new tax-free childcare scheme – the winners and losers
Mar29

The new tax-free childcare scheme – the winners and losers

Getting to grips with the new kid on the block The launch of the Government’s new tax-free childcare scheme means workers now have more ways to pay for childcare. In order to help employers and their staff assess who’s likely to benefit from the scheme and who’s better off staying put with existing options, such as childcare vouchers, employee benefits firm, Lemonade Reward has looked at the stats. Basic rate taxpayer couple Working...

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Mother’s Day on Sunday, but UK in the ‘relegation zone’ for decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, warns TUC
Mar24

Mother’s Day on Sunday, but UK in the ‘relegation zone’ for decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, warns TUC

New mums in UK receive just  6 weeks of decently-paid maternity leave (90% of full pay) Only mothers in Ireland and Slovakia have worse decently-paid entitlement Croatia tops table with 6 months’ decently-paid leave UK mums get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, according to new TUC analysis published today (Friday) ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday (26 March). The UK ranks 22 out of 24 amongst...

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Parental leave – how managers get it wrong, and how they can get it right
Mar16

Parental leave – how managers get it wrong, and how they can get it right

When a team member has a baby, it should be a happy event.  However, for line managers it can feel like treading on eggshells: what am I allowed to ask about her dates and her plans for return? How do I stay in touch during leave? And how do I increase the chances that she will actually come back?   Employers have added up the cost of losing and replacing women – and men too – who become disengaged when their manager pays too...

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Top tips for avoiding maternity discrimination claims
Mar15

Top tips for avoiding maternity discrimination claims

At the end of 2016, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission released the results of their research into pregnancy discrimination. They found that 1 in 9 mothers reported that they were either dismissed from their jobs, made redundant or made to feel as if they had to leave their jobs while 1 in 5 mothers said that they had experienced harassment from their employer and/or...

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100 businesses pledge to ‘Working Forward’ on pregnancy and maternity rights at work
Mar08

100 businesses pledge to ‘Working Forward’ on pregnancy and maternity rights at work

A major coalition of businesses committed to ending discrimination of pregnant women and new mothers at work has reached over one million employees today after Pets at Home became the 100th partner. Pets at Home has joined the national coalition ‘Working Forward’ alongside major household names such as Barclays, BT Group and Mitie to promote the best ways employers can attract, develop and retain women at work and make their work...

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‘Zero Tolerance’ pledge but no firm action on maternity discrimination
Feb02

‘Zero Tolerance’ pledge but no firm action on maternity discrimination

Responding to the Women and Equalities Committee’s August report on workplace pregnancy, Business minister Margot James has announced the Government intends to discuss new proposals to give pregnant and new mothers greater protection from workplace discrimination. Ms James said: “We are determined to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination and a key part of that is making sure new and expectant mothers are supported...

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CIPD: Working parents need more support from Government and employers
Dec14

CIPD: Working parents need more support from Government and employers

CIPD calls for a step change from UK Government and employers as research finds that support for working parents still isn’t hitting the mark The low take-up of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and the lack of affordable childcare options for parents with 0-2 year-olds are both major problems that need to be addressed to support working parents more effectively, according to a new report from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and...

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Postnatal depression and returning to work
Dec14

Postnatal depression and returning to work

Guest blog by Danielle Ayers, Maternity Discrimination expert, Gorvins Solicitors According to NHS Direct, “Postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby. It’s a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners, although this is less common.” As a maternity discrimination lawyer, I deal with...

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Mumsnet Debate: Is Breastfeeding during a job interview acceptable?
Dec01

Mumsnet Debate: Is Breastfeeding during a job interview acceptable?

A woman who breast fed her new baby while conducting a job interview was left shocked when her male business partner told her it was ‘a bit weird’, according to the Daily Mail. The original post on Mumsnet divided opinions as to whether or not it was appropriate. We asked ELAS HR Director Pam Rogerson to weigh in.  Pam said: “Breastfeeding while conducting a job interview is very unprofessional and it’s certainly not something that...

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