Working parents

A four-day working week is great for some, but not for all

Iceland, Belgium, and now the UK. Four-day working week trials are becoming increasingly popular as we start to challenge the rigid five-day working week that we have embraced for decades. These...

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...

Single-mother pensions dropping rapidly post pandemic

The average value of a pension fund for a single mother in the UK has dropped by 40% since the start of the pandemic.

How can employers champion single mothers?

There are 1.8 million single parents in the UK, the vast majority of whom (nine out of 10) are women. Almost all are in work or want to work, and pre-pandemic single-parent employment hit record...

The problems with Shared Parental Leave

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

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'. 

Working parents the most eager to return to the office

A huge majority (81%) of working parents at small UK businesses are looking forward to returning to the workplace after time spent juggling remote work with childcare over the summer holidays.

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...

Working parents’ employment rights during the school closure

As colleges, primary schools and secondary schools are to remain closed at least until February half term, what employment rights do working parents have to help them with the difficult and stressful...

Becoming a parent boosts work performance

While parents feel their competence improves after having children, employers still focus on the challenges of balancing work and family life

CIPD launches parents returners programme

?The CIPD has secured funding from the Government Equalities Office to run a pilot scheme that will help parents get back into work in Yorkshire and The Humber

Workplace maternity discrimination rife

Unfair treatment towards pregnant women and returning mothers is still common in the workplace, according to exclusive research by HR magazine