Tags: working parents

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…

Top talent to quit comms industry if flexibility for working mums is not addressed

An independent Task Force geared to helping retain top talent within the comms industry and narrow the ever increasing gender diversity gap among senior women returning from maternity leave is being spear headed by executive search and selection consultancy, Hanson Search in association with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).   This is in…

Maggie Berry: Family friendly working arrangements available at HSBC bank

All parents working for HSBC will be able to return to work on a part-time basis after maternity or paternity leave, the banking giant announced recently. Employers are not obligated to provide part-time positions for returning parents, although parents are entitled to ask for it. So we should give full credit to HSBC for recognising…

Single parents to receive support to get back to work

Lone parents trying to balance work and family pressures will be offered more help to return to the workplace, Maria Miller has said. The work and pensions minister informed single parents that from May 2012 those who have a child aged five or over and are on Income Support will need to move onto Jobseeker’s…

Employers should do more to help parents with disabled children

Businesses need to step up the support offered to employees with dependent children, according to a Northern Irish charity. Nora Smith, policy and information manager for Employers For Childcare Charitable Group, claimed that more needs to be done to help the parents of children with disabilities and special needs to stay in employment. She said:…

60% of working parents unhappy with work life balance, survey says

Is flexible work really working? In a time when more mothers work full-time than ever before, My Family Care found that over 60% of working parents are not happy with their work life balance and over half (54%) felt requesting flexibility may negatively affect their career. There is also the ever-present sense of colleague resentment:…

Half of parents with young children still unaware of childcare vouchers

With concerns over the affordability of childcare dominating headlines, a survey has revealed that many working parents are unaware of the financial benefits that could be available to them through their employer. The survey, which was carried out to highlight issues facing working mothers and fathers when making childcare arrangements, found that 45 per cent…