Tags: working parents

Plans to boost protections for pregnant women and new parents returning to work

They come into play after it was estimated that 54,000 women a year may lose their jobs due to pregnancy or maternity.

Media employees struggle to stay in work after having children, new study claims

Research unveiled today has revealed the immense challenges faced by working parents in the UK. 60 percent of parents working in the media know someone who has left their role because of pressures that come with being a working parent. This is a rise from 57 percent two years ago – while a third (32 percent) have been made to feel uncomfortable by employers or colleagues about their parenting responsibilities.

Working Parent Day: EHRC suggests thousands of new mothers are being forced out of jobs each year

A recent report published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found that 11 percent of mothers were either dismissed, made compulsorily redundant or were treated so poorly they felt they had to leave their job. In addition 10 percent of mothers said their employer discouraged them from attending antenatal appointments. One in five…

Working Parent Day: New research suggests UK workers put family before career

A new study from CV-Library, the UK’s largest job site, has revealed that the majority of UK workers put family ahead of a career, with 77.5 percent not worrying about building a strong professional foundation before having children because they believe a family doesn’t hinder career prospects. Ahead of Working Parents Day the job site conducted…

Cost of childcare a barrier to parents working

A new report published by the Family and Childcare Trust, alongside Parental Choice, has revealed for the first time that the high cost of childcare is preventing millions of parents from working, with industries who rely on shift work being particularly hit. Currently, over 4.4 million parents (34 percent of all parents with dependent children)…

Kim Wager (BIS): Shared parental leave and pay

What do parents currently get, and why are we changing it? From April next year, the Coalition Government will deliver on its pledge to encourage shared parenting by introducing a new entitlement to shared parental leave for working parents. The new system will enable an eligible woman to end her maternity leave and pay early…

Childcare is single greatest cost of raising a child

The average cost of raising a child to high school age now stands at almost £100,000, according to the latest Halifax research. The regional variations are huge, with the average cost almost £170,000 in London and £100,000 in the South East, falling to £75,000 in the West Midlands. Childcare is greatest monthly cost Childcare is…

Ben Black: What Are The True Benefits of Being a Family-Friendly Employer?

So what are the true benefits of being a family-friendly employer? It’s a good question. There’s lots of stuff written about being “family-friendly” and about how by being nice to your working mums you will somehow help the bottom line. But is that really true? As usual, hard numbers are difficult to come by but…

Shared Parental Leave will help create more equal and diverse workforces, says CIPD

CIPD responds to government consultation on the administration of Shared Parental Leave As the Government’s consultation on the administration of Shared Parental Leave draws to a close, the CIPD has reiterated its support for the proposals but highlighted some technicalities that will require close attention to ensure the new system is beneficial to employers and…