Tags: Families

Barclays, Bella Italia and Butlins win Mumsnet Family Friendly Awards

The winners of the 2014 Mumsnet Family Friendly Innovation Awards have been announced at a ceremony, hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP. Barclays, Bella Italia and Butlins have each received a Mumsnet Innovation Award to recognise their commitment to family-friendly policies, voted for by Mumsnet users as part of the Mumsnet Family Friendly programme. The…

Hannah Ford: Shared Parental Leave – throwing the baby out with the bath water?

With effect from 5 April 2015, the legal landscape for co-parenting employees will change unrecognisably. By virtue of the shared parental leave regulations, eligible parents will be able to take up to 50 weeks of interchangeable parental leave. The legislative changes will further enfranchise fathers to take primary childcare responsibility, enable parents to take maternity…

Six out of ten mothers think their careers were ‘derailed’ after becoming pregnant

Six out of ten mothers think their careers were “derailed” and they faced open discrimination after becoming pregnant, new research by Slater & Gordon has revealed. Millions of new mums believe they were denied work opportunities and they were forced to re-prove themselves after returning to work. Nearly seven in ten claimed to have been…

Bosses need to know the names of their employees wife and kids

Almost half of bosses do not know the names of their employees’ children, according to a survey conducted by Yorkshire leadership development specialists Azure Consulting. The statistic was among those which emerged in the survey, which asked employed people to tell them about the information their employers knew about them, in relation to their lives…

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…

Liz Copeland: HR needs to be ready to help those going through separation and divorce

According the Office for National Statistics there were 13 divorces an hour in England and Wales in 2012. This means that in any organisation there could be someone struggling with the crisis surrounding divorce. Divorce is clearly a major life transition and may be one that is not wanted. It is a process that is…

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,…