Time off is parents’ second biggest concern when kids are sick

Having to take time off work is parents’ second highest concern when their child is in hospital, according to research from MetLife UK, an insurance and employee benefits provider.

Flexible work gives working parents confidence to progress

Working parents’ confidence in their ability to progress has grown thanks to the spread of flexible work, according to new research.

Norms are changing and HR needs to up its game

“One of my colleagues emailed his team to announce that he and his husband are expecting their first child. Nobody really knew how to respond as it was a surprise to us all and we didn’t want to say...

Protection against pregnancy discrimination is a human right, not a luxury

Pregnancy should be one of the most joyful times in a woman’s life, but sadly it can be a period of great anxiety due to discrimination in the workplace, and sometimes even job loss. 

Working parents in England paying to go to work

Parents on low incomes often end up paying to go to work, according to research from think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

Working parents hit financially by Queen's funeral bank holiday

The extra bank holiday observing the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II could adversely affect self-employed parents and workers on zero-hours contracts.

How employers can help working parents in a tight labour market

For many, becoming a parent fundamentally alters how people view and what they expect from their workplace.

More than a million key worker children to reach poverty in 2023

The number of children living in poverty in key worker households could reach 1.1 million by 2023, according to research from the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

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.”