Parental leave

Are we missing opportunities to support empty-nesters?

With universities at long last offering in-person learning once again, and record university applications following two disrupted years, more Brits than ever have become empty-nesters.

The problems with Shared Parental Leave

Lockdown 2020 and my wife and I were delighted to find out we were expecting our first child. 

Shared parental leave: The situation in higher education institutions 

Research reveals that the lack of employer support is a major factor behind why uptake of shared parental leave (SPL) is so low within UK higher education institutions (HEI). It’s been six years since...

Talent war boosts maternity and parental leave packages

A majority (79%) of employers now offer enhanced maternity pay, compared with 57% in 2017, according to a new poll.

A working parent’s lessons learned from COVID-19

At the onset of the pandemic, working parents were forced to completely readjust. Almost overnight, what had been considered 'home' evolved to encompass both 'office' and 'classroom'. 

Hybrid working not a panacea for inclusivity

A report out this week suggests that the adoption of hybrid working models would allow nearly 4 million people otherwise unable to work to join the UK workforce.

Organisations urged to sign Pregnancy Loss Pledge

Half of respondents to a Miscarriage Association survey said they felt they had to return to work before they were ready, with many not knowing or being told about their right to pregnancy-related...

Working fathers experience momentum for real change

There have been passionate father campaigners for decades, and there have been high profile trailblazers, though only a few followed their lead. But it seems that now there is finally a critical mass...

The silent struggle of carers

The UK has an estimated seven million registered carers - that’s a staggering one in 10 people. That number is only set to grow too, and over the next 30 years, it’s anticipated the total will have...

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Working mums lack sufficient childcare for school summer holidays

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of working mums with primary school age children do not have sufficient childcare for the six-week school summer holidays, according to the TUC.

Pandemic drives UK businesses to improve parental leave

Employers are three times more likely to offer generous and extended parental leave than three years ago, according to new research by job site Indeed.

What is current best practice for working parents and carers?

In 2021, organisational best practice for working families and carers is about inclusivity, the journey to parenthood, and introducing ways to help employees communicate their needs.