Parental leave

Hot topic part two: pregnancy loss

In April 2021, New Zealand joined a small number of countries offering paid leave for those who experience pregnancy loss. In the same month, The Lancet published data on the mental health impacts of...

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Hot topic: pregnancy loss and paid leave

In April 2021, New Zealand joined a small number of countries offering paid leave for those who experience pregnancy loss. In the same month, The Lancet published data on the mental health impacts of...

Features

Ed Miliband calls for 12-week paternity leave

Shadow business secretary, Ed Miliband says the current systems in place for parental leave encourages a ‘men at work, women at home’ culture.

Armed forces and small charities among winners of the Working Families Best Practice Awards 2021 

The organisations celebrated in Working Families' Best Practice Awards 2021 have been revealed.

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How support groups can help new mums return to work

Support networks for new mums are in high demand following the pandemic, which is why freelance communications consultant Annie Abelman set up Mentor Mums in September 2020.

UK workers face confidence crisis returning to work

Almost two fifths (37%) of people returning to work after a year away experience a loss in confidence, creating more concerns for workplaces post-coronavirus and beyond.

Employers should take New Zealand’s lead by supporting employees after pregnancy loss

Supporting employees through life’s most momentous occasions – both the joyous and the sombre – signals to an organisation’s employees that their wellbeing and their ability to fully experience...

Why now is the time to support working dads

A year of homeworking and school closures has transformed fatherhood. Perceived barriers to remote and flexible working have been obliterated.

Pandemic highlights need for gender inclusive parental leave

Volvo's announcement of 24 weeks paid parental leave for all genders highlights the shift in business mindset when it comes to employee benefits.

How shared parental leave is failing women

Women’s stereotypical role as primary caregivers has been exacerbated by the pandemic, with new home-schooling responsibilities being reported as having fallen predominantly on women. Shared parental...

‘Iceberg’ of discontent over flexible working expected post-pandemic

Employers have been warned not to take away flexible working after restrictions are lifted post-coronavirus.

Legal-ease: What HR should have on the radar for 2021

2021 looks set to be another unpredictable year. HR played a vital role in helping employers through the uncertainty and challenges brought on by the pandemic in 2020 and, although many of those...