The Workflex Blog

Welcome to WorkFlex, the Working Families blog, where we explore news, policy developments and ideas relating to how parents, carers and their employers can best achieve a good work-life balance.

In the interests of open debate and the exploration of new ideas, any  views expressed here may not necessarily represent the formal view of Working Families.


  • A ‘fatherhood penalty’ in the UK? – a father’s perspective

    16 Jan 2017

    The following article was written by stay-at-home father and parenting blogger John Adams. John is married and has two daughters, Helen aged eight and Izzy aged four. John used to work full-time but finding work and family life hard to balance, switched to part time work and eventually left the workplace altogether. He has written […]

  • The 2016 Special Award Winners – an introduction from Sarah Jackson

    13 Jun 2016

    Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive, Working Families Working Families is looking forward to announcing the results of the annual Top Employers for Working Families today. The awards celebrate those employers who are committed to our mission of changing the way we live and work. The organisations who made it through as finalists caught the eye […]

  • Are you #BenefitsAware?

    7 Jun 2016

    By Simon Hopkins, Chief Executive at Turn2us   “Even though I was working full-time, I was really struggling. My rent took up two-thirds of my wage, and trying to pay my bills and raise my two children as a single mum was getting harder and harder. When it came to the point of having to […]

  • In-work progression in Universal Credit will only succeed if barriers to work broken down

    20 May 2016

    Success or failure of in-work progression in Universal Credit depends on breaking down structural barriers to work like lack of affordable, quality childcare and part-time, flexible jobs says Julia Waltham, Head of Campaigns & Policy

  • Shared Parental Leave: Behind the headlines

    8 Apr 2016

    Scrutiny of the research published by My Family Care on Tuesday reveals that of those fathers who had or adopted a child in the last year, one in three had made use of the shared parental leave scheme. And, more than half of existing and prospective parents in the survey would consider using this type of leave to share work and care for their family in the future. This was a much smaller sample, so should be used with care, but the indications are positive.

  • Shared parental leave one year on: the employer perspective

    5 Apr 2016

    How the first year of shared parental leave is working for employers.

  • Shared Parental Leave is vital and helped me bond with my daughter: more fathers should take it

    5 Apr 2016

    By Jacob Cork, Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys   Today is the first anniversary of the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL). My baby girl, Anna, was born in September 2015, so my wife Catriona and I decided to make use of the new policy. We both wanted me to be as involved as possible from […]

  • Support for working parents key to tackling gender pay gap

    22 Mar 2016

    Sarah Jackson OBE It’s great to see real political muscle behind closing the gender pay gap in the UK’s workplaces: the Government has recently accepted a voluntary approach isn’t working and is bringing forward regulation to make sure that employers report differences in pay between men and women in their organisations. Part of the aim of this reporting has to be prompting employers […]

  • Working Families Gives Evidence on Employment Tribunal Fees

    26 Nov 2015

    Working Families gave evidence to the Justice Committee about employment tribunal fees last week. There’s no doubt from our experience that these fees – up to £1,200 –  are discouraging good claims. The number of queries that come through our helpline has been stable over the last 3 years, but there has been a dramatic decline […]

  • Urgent action needed to quell rise in pregnancy and maternity discrimination

    19 Oct 2015

    The first findings of a £1 million, joint research study by the Department for Business, Innovation Skills (BIS) and the Equality Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – the largest ever study of its kind – suggests that pregnancy and maternity discrimination is more widespread than ever.