Tags: Paternity

General Election manifesto digest – a breakdown for HR professionals

With the General election only a week away, business, individuals and HR teams alike will be wondering how the next UK Government plans to respond to the changing employment landscape. We’ve pulled together a brief summary of the election’s three front-runners to help you compare policies on all things work-related, from zero-hour contracts to maternity and paternity pay.

Businesses aren’t ready for shared parental leave – and neither are dads

One quarter of senior managers are unaware of new leave arrangements Many UK employers will get caught out by the new Shared Parental Leave (ShPL) rules which start on Monday 1st December, says a leading employment lawyer. According to national law firm, Irwin Mitchell, the majority of firms are focussed on April 2015 when new…

Job security fears lead some women to take less than two weeks maternity leave

Almost half of women (43%) are likely to return to work sooner than they would like after having their baby, according to a new NCT report. Of those, 47% said this is due to concerns over job security. Some women are returning to work extremely quickly; overall 4% of those surveyed said they took less…

Poor take up of paternity leave due to lack of support from employers

Cultural barriers in the workplace are impeding the uptake of paternity leave, according to research published by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) today. The report warns that plans for shared parental leave will have little impact if ingrained attitudes towards paternity and maternity leave are not addressed. According to the study of 1,000…

Findings from the 2014 Parental Leave Forum

The 2014 Managing Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave Forum, organised by Symposium Events and held last week in Canary Wharf (London), provided insights to understand the latest changes in employment law and recommended a range of strategies to tackle the current challenges. The new parental leave legislation, which is bound to take effect in 2015,…

New report calls for fathers to be able to spend more time with their family

Families with a traditional ‘breadwinner’ model, where one parent (usually the father) goes out to work while the other stays at home to care for children, are the largest group of households with children living in poverty, according to research published today (13 November) from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The two reports published today…