Parental leave

Adoption and surrogacy – What HR needs to know

Adoption and surrogacy rates in the UK are on the rise – in the year ending March 2020, there were 3,440 adoptions and 413 parental orders following a surrogacy arrangement.

TikTok boss slammed for criticising maternity leave

News that a senior TikTok boss has reportedly told London staff he doesn't think companies should offer paid maternity leave has been universally condemned as out of touch and even “dangerous.”

An employer’s role in supporting family issues within the workplace

There are two ways of dealing with family issues of staff in the workplace.

New mothers' rights in the workplace – everything you need to know

On Mother’s Day it is important to not only celebrate all the hard work and care that mothers do, but also to draw attention to the many hurdles they still face in today’s society, and how they can be...

Employment law changes in April: everything you need to know

Several changes to employment legislation are coming in April. The cost-of-living crisis is at the forefront of the agenda, and many of these changes are designed to to put more money in people’s...

Shared parental leave inequalities lead to unpopularity in UK

Twitter’s new CEO, Parag Agrawal, has been celebrated for taking up shared parental leave after the birth of his second child.

Introducing six-week miscarriage leave

Rather than rely on standard sick leave, buy-to-let mortgage lender Landbay has introduced a policy entitling those who have suffered a miscarriage to up to six weeks of paid annual leave.

New rights for parents and carers are on the horizon in 2022

Over the last two years, the pandemic has brought radical change to the workplace. Despite its many drawbacks, there’s no denying that for many employees the move to hybrid working has brought greater...

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.