Tags: Parents

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…

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…

Parents struggling to help their children make career decisions

Parents are the biggest influencers on young people when deciding their career path after leaving school, but half of parents feel ill equipped to help their children make these crucial life choices, according to research released today by EY. The study of over 90 trainees from EY’s school leaver programme revealed that 42% had first…

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Returning Talent Programme opens for applications

Applications are now open for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s third Returning Talent programme, which aims to help bridge the gap between being a stay-at-home parent or carer and re-entering the workplace. In partnership with the Mumsnet Family Friendly programme and The Executive Coaching Consultancy, the bank is looking to attract women and men from a range of backgrounds…

60% of Over-50s have to juggle caring responsibilities with their jobs

With two in five women over the age of 50 also the mothers of school-age children, the TUC is urging employers to be more sympathetic to requests for flexible working and annual leave from older members of staff – especially during the school holidays. The TUC survey of older workers – conducted as part of…

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…

Indian headteacher forced to quit her job due to bullying

Indian headteacher Sudhana Singh has told a tribunal how she was hounded out of her job at Moorlands primary school in Tilehurst, Reading, by a ‘playground mafia’ of prejudiced parents. One man was heard to say “bloody Indian woman should not be in charge of our children” while children were reported gossiping that their parents…

Campaign launched to support staff with disabled children

Working Families have  launched a new campaign to help parents of disabled children find work and stay in employment. The campaign, ‘working On’, calls for changes from the Government, local authorities, employers and support services to help parents of disabled children to combine work and care. Commenting on the campaign, Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of…

UK Government announces plans for flexible parental leave

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that from 2015 the UK will move to a new system of flexible parental leave. Audrey Williams, partner and Head of Discrimination at Global law firm Eversheds comments: “The government’s revised plans for flexible parental leave mark a bold move away from the current highly gender-based and inflexible…

Working parents need support all year round, not just in school holidays

Sodexo Motivation Solutions, a leading provider of employee benefits and childcare vouchers, is urging employers to raise awareness of the different employee benefits available to support working parents, so that employees can receive the help they need to manage childcare needs as the school year starts once again. Although childcare is often in high demand…