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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Could job sharing help minimise the parent penalty in senior roles?
Apr25

Could job sharing help minimise the parent penalty in senior roles?

Guest blog by Sara Allen, senior strategist and job share expert for Further & More. The parent penalty is a curious feature of modern work – talented, highly experienced senior staff in whom employers have invested time and training walk away from well-paid, senior roles once they have kids. It’s equally frustrating for parents, and employers, alike. Replacing staff is expensive, costing around 75% of a year’s salary; and...

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Workingmums.co.uk launches 2017 Best Practice Report & Top Employer Awards
Mar30

Workingmums.co.uk launches 2017 Best Practice Report & Top Employer Awards

Including men in the debate around gender equality and embedding flexible working from recruitment onwards are key trends in best practice, according to the Workingmums.co.uk’s Best Practice Report 2017 (available to download from the website). The Report is an in-depth look at what the most progressive companies are doing with regard to gender diversity and flexible working. It includes detailed interviews with the winners of the...

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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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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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