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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Young mums ‘ask the midwife’ about workplace health in new #PowertotheBump video
Nov30

Young mums ‘ask the midwife’ about workplace health in new #PowertotheBump video

#PowertotheBump is back with a new video answering questions young expectant mothers say are worrying them about health and wellbeing at work. Research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission showed that more than one in five mothers under 25 years old experienced a negative impact on their health and stress levels whilst pregnant due to their experiences at work. The Commission has developed a second stage of the digital...

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