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.


Working mothers increase by almost 50% over 40 years

The proportion of working-age mothers in paid work increased by almost 50% over four decades, according to the Institute of...

Working fathers failed by Government policy

20 Mar 2018

Policies designed to help fathers in the workplace need reforming if Government is to meet the needs of 21st century...

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Why fatherhood holds the key to solving the gender pay gap

20 Mar 2018

The introduction of gender pay gap reporting has shifted the onus of responsibility for solving the gender pay gap to...

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Half of top 50 worst gender pay gaps are in school academies

8 Mar 2018

Twenty three of the 50 organisations with the largest gender pay gaps so far are school academies or multi-academy trusts,...

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Winter weather and work: five common employer queries

1 Mar 2018

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

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Government launches shared parental leave campaign after just 2% take-up

12 Feb 2018

The Government has launched a campaign to promote shared parental...

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Why supporting all carers benefits men, women and business

9 Feb 2018

Recent research showing how women and men continue to struggle to achieve the right balance between their work and family...

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Pregnant women and new mothers need more legal protection

7 Nov 2017

A charity has called for greater legal protections for new mothers, claiming the Government has failed to act on the...

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Scottish districts top ranking for women to work and live

14 Sep 2017

Two Scottish local authorities have emerged as the best places for women to live and work in, according to a...

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flexible working for parents

Acas study urges higher take-up of flexible working 

13 Sep 2017

A report published today by Acas calls for more flexible working for parents returning to work after parental leave as...

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Bill for paid parental bereavement leave is launched

20 Jul 2017

Parents who have suffered the death of a child will receive statutory paid leave to grieve, under a new law...

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Family-friendly rights: a whistle-stop tour

23 Jun 2017

Shared parental leave has been in the press again of late, with a new father winning a sex discrimination claim...

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Are fathers’ rights at work working?

1 Jun 2017

Despite the introduction of shared parental leave, employers have been slow to enhance fathers’ rights at work. John Smith, a...

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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