Parental leave

Quarter of fathers continue working when on paternity leave

UK employers are severely lacking when it comes to paternity leave and support for working fathers.

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.

Rising childcare costs outstrip maternity pay

The UK's childcare costs are the highest in the developed world, yet maternity pay has dipped over the last 12 years.

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.”

What makes an employee hide a pregnancy from their employer?

Everyone should be able to show up in life as their true authentic self both in their personal and professional life.

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...

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.

Four-day week would help close gender pay gap

A four-day week could help close the gender pay gap for good, research has suggested.

Parents struggling with childcare costs

One in eight (13%) British workers has had to opt for part-time hours to manage the cost of childcare.

Is grandparental leave the next big employee perk?

Saga, the travel and insurance company for over-50s, made headlines as the first major UK employer to introduce grandparental leave and it could be a sign of how employee benefits will change over the...

The problems with Shared Parental Leave

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