Family-friendly working

Employees have a number of fundamental family-friendly rights in the workplace. These include the right to maternity leave, paternity leave, and adoption leave. Shared parental leave is available to parents of children due on or after 5 April 2015, and adopters where the child is placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. Ordinary parental leave is a type of unpaid leave that can be taken until the child’s 18th birthday.

From 30 June 2015, the right to request flexible working was extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ qualifying service. Prior to this date, it was available to parents of young children and carers. All employees are also entitled to take a reasonable amount of time off work “to take action which is necessary” in relation to the care of certain dependants.


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A teacher who was overlooked for a promotion because she was working reduced hours has received a £5,000 pay out...

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Employers should have to ‘opt out’ of offering flexible working, says MP

17 Jul 2019

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Social attitudes: One in three say parental leave should be shared

11 Jul 2019

A third of people believe parental leave should be shared equally, according to a major survey, while only 12% think...

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Roadmap encourages employers to tackle ‘lifetime’ gender inequality

3 Jul 2019

Action needs to be taken by individual organisations and at a sector-wide level to close the gender pay gap and...

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MP seeks to rescue new mums’ redundancy protection plans

21 May 2019

The government is accused of dragging its feet over protections for new mothers as a private member's bill is introduced in the House of Commons...

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O2 increases paid paternity leave to 14 weeks

1 Apr 2019

Mobile network O2 has increased paid paternity leave for all permanent staff to 14 weeks, which it claimed is among...

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‘Business lacks transparency over parental support’

18 Mar 2019

LinkedIn has claimed to have revealed evidence of a “disconnect” between employers and employees over the issue of flexible work, as most working parents feel their employers are not fully open about their parental policies. 

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BNY Mellon’s flexible working policy review: what can HR learn?

13 Mar 2019

Last week US bank BNY Mellon informed its employees it was “pausing” a review of its policies that allow them...

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Men’s parental leave is key to women’s progression

8 Mar 2019

On International Women’s Day, Lauren Touré looks at how encouraging men to share parental responsibilities can have a profound effect on female career progression.

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Tax-Free Childcare failing to attract working families

18 Feb 2019

Take-up of the government's Tax-Free Childcare benefit has been much slower than anticipated, official figures have shown.

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Winter weather and work: five common employer queries

30 Jan 2019

With parts of the UK experiencing heavy snowfall, we answer five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of...

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Flexible working doesn’t diminish mums’ chronic stress

28 Jan 2019

Biological indications for chronic stress are 40% higher in women bringing up two children while working full-time compared with colleagues...

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New mums to receive six months more redundancy protection

25 Jan 2019

Pregnant women and new mothers returning to work after having children are to receive greater protection from being treated unfairly,...

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Single parents are largest underutilised talent pool in UK

30 Nov 2018

Single parents are the most underutilised major pool of talent in the UK, with almost 200,000 unemployed, according to a...

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