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.


HR calls for simplified pregnancy regulations

16 Nov 2004

HR professionals have called for simplified legislation and a single code of employer practice to help organisations manage pregnant staff.In...

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UK organisations choose to ignore new employment regulations

12 Nov 2004

Many UK organisations have not taken any action to address recent employment legislation because they believe they will never be...

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CIPD welcomes government proposals to improve work-life balance

11 Nov 2004

Proposals from the Government and opposition parties to make it easier for people to balance work and family life are...

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New fathers could share up to a year’s leave with partners under Tory plans

11 Nov 2004

Fathers would be able to share up to a year’s paid leave from work with their partners after the birth...

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Leading businesses start to see benefits of flexible approach

10 Nov 2004

It appears the Government’s push towards a more flexible working nation is paying off with news that 90 per cent...

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How much compassionate leave are staff entitled to?

2 Nov 2004

HR professionals need to know the limits of reasonable time off for employees to grieve and look after dependants following...

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Kids missing out as parents work around the clock

2 Nov 2004

Almost 40 per cent of young children do not get to spend weekends with at least one parent,  because they...

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Counting the cost of a lack of diversity

1 Nov 2004

Ross Wigham reports on how large gender pay gaps, a lack of family-friendly working and poor support for female staff are hampering diversity in the finance sector

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Finance industry accused of anti-women discrimination by own workforce

28 Oct 2004

The financial services industry has been accused by its own workforce of discriminating against women and failing to deliver on...

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Government aims to make judiciary more representative of society

13 Oct 2004

The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) has launched a consultation paper in a bid to improve the diversity of the...

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Family-friendly options ­– but who will benefit the most?

12 Oct 2004

With the General Election expected next year and the parties competing for votes it is no surprise that Patricia Hewitt,...

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Facing NHS problems head-on

10 Aug 2004

Andrew Foster, HR director at the NHS, talks to Mike Berry about managing vast numbers in the world's third largest workforce

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HR must change its attitude

25 May 2004

Children's minister Margaret Hodge tells Nic Paton why childcare must be seen as a core business responsibility

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Childcare? What childcare?

25 May 2004

The Government has made it easier for employers to provide childcare, but there is still a lack of awareness of the options.

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Women are the key to filling skills gaps

11 May 2004

The Equal Opportunities Commission has identified a major source of skills that can help out the construction, engineering and IT sectors - women.

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