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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Government rejects gender pay recommendations as MPs and leading HR figures warn action is needed
Feb23

Government rejects gender pay recommendations as MPs and leading HR figures warn action is needed

A report published this week by the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) has warned that the government will not eliminate “structural causes” of wage inequality if it does not address issues such as flexible working and supporting older women back into work, a cross-party committee of MPs has warned.  MPs raised concerns over the government’s latest rejection of the committee’s recommendations. Rejected measures included three...

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The ‘parenthood penalty’ is becoming a realistic concern, diversity consultancy suggests
Feb02

The ‘parenthood penalty’ is becoming a realistic concern, diversity consultancy suggests

The possibility of a ‘parenthood penalty’ demonstrates that behaviours towards working parents have yet to evolve, according to diversity consultancy, The Clear Company. In light of recent research highlighting that the gender pay gap remains prolific in the UK and further reports of an emergence of the ‘fatherhood penalty’, The Clear Company has raised concerns that we will soon reach a point where all parents are penalised during...

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What Working Mums want in 2017
Jan12

What Working Mums want in 2017

As millions of people return to work this week, rather than the ‘January Blues’, new research amongst working mums reveals a positive view of the year ahead. The survey of mums across the UK was carried out by flexible working specialists 2to3days and FEEL to find out the priorities of being a working parent. The results challenge the negative perception that one comes at the expense of the other. Most are upbeat about the...

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Outcry as new Dad fired for attending birth of first child
Jan09

Outcry as new Dad fired for attending birth of first child

Often we hear reports filtering in from the US of huge benefits and expansive parental rights from companies in Silicon Valley, which include unlimited time off for both parents during the child’s first year from Netflix. However, you don’t get much more of a stark illustration of the difference between the parental benefit wars in Silicon Valley and the reality for US employees elsewhere than what happened to employee...

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How to support employees with shared parental leave
Dec15

How to support employees with shared parental leave

Guest blog by Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer Supporting employees with Shared Parental Leave A new report by the CIPD has found that, on average, only 5% of fathers and 8% of mothers have opted in to Shared Parental Leave since it was introduced in April 2015. The report highlights the complexity of the rules and the financial implications as outweighing the positives for new parents. Are there any steps employers can take to...

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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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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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JMW: employment law, fertility treatment and the need to protect alternative families
Nov17

JMW: employment law, fertility treatment and the need to protect alternative families

A concerning number of employers and their staff remain in the dark when it comes to the legal rights of workers undertaking fertility treatment, warns JMW Solicitors. There is currently no statutory right for employees to take time off work to undergo fertility investigations or treatment, but medical appointments related to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and other assisted reproductive techniques (ART) should be treated in the same...

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Should the UK follow Germany’s lead to end Maternity Discrimination?
Oct20

Should the UK follow Germany’s lead to end Maternity Discrimination?

  Guest blog by Alexander Ulrich, partner at law firm Kliemt & Vollstädt, Germany and Russell Brimelow, Partner at law firm Lewis Silkin LLP, UK. Both firms are members of global HR and employment law firm alliance Ius Laboris. Introduction: The UK Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) has recently highlighted a “shocking” increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination – affecting both pregnant women and women returning from...

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Tribunal victory for father denied full pay during shared parental leave
Oct06

Tribunal victory for father denied full pay during shared parental leave

Sex discrimination cases are unfortunately all too common, but a case this week was unusual as the claimant was male. Network Rail worker David Snell successfully brought a claim against his employer after the employer offered only statutory pay to male employees during shared paternity leave, whilst Mothers were given full pay. Both Mr. Snell and his wife work for the same company, Network Rail.  The couple planned to take advantage...

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Workingmums.co.uk announces shortlist for anniversary Top Employer Awards
Sep29

Workingmums.co.uk announces shortlist for anniversary Top Employer Awards

Twenty three of the most progressive employers and their representatives have been shortlisted for this year’s Workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Awards. The employers have been shortlisted across eight categories ranging from SMEs to Family Support and Best for Dads. The Awards will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Soho Hotel on 1st November, which will involve a keynote address by MPs Jess Phillips and Flick Drummond, joint chairs...

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How HR can pull the red card on the UK’s ‘baby penalty’!
Sep22

How HR can pull the red card on the UK’s ‘baby penalty’!

Guest blog by Homa Wilson, employment solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen The Women and Equalities Committee’s recent report into maternity discrimination presents a grim picture of the level of discrimination faced by women returning to work after maternity leave. While we have a raft of legal protection in the UK, and despite the fact that many companies  have policies promoting a family-friendly workplace, discrimination is on...

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MP’s call for more protection as inquiry sees maternity discrimination ‘almost double’
Aug31

MP’s call for more protection as inquiry sees maternity discrimination ‘almost double’

The Women and Equalities Committee has called for UK women to have protections similar to those in Germany after a ‘shocking’ increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination over the past decade. The committee called for urgent action, calling on the Government to publish an ambitious, detailed plan within the next two years or risk a further rise in pregnant women and mothers being forced out of their work. Recommendations...

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Parents want workplace flexibility not just shared paternity leave
Aug09

Parents want workplace flexibility not just shared paternity leave

Over a year on from the introduction of the right to Shared Parental Leave new research has revealed that only around two per cent of fathers are taking this up. Law firm EMW released figures this week that show that just 3,000 couples were taking up the new rights during the first three months of this year, compared with 155,000 mothers on old-style maternity leave and 52,000 of fathers on paternity leave. Adrian Lewis, Director at...

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