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Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation. The charity helps working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.

Our Legal Helpline gives parents and carers advice on employment rights such as maternity and paternity leave, rights to time off in an emergency, shared parental leave and parental leave, as well as helping them to negotiate the flexible hours they want. We can give basic advice on the benefits and tax credits that working parents can claim. We also give advice on maternity discrimination and pregnancy discrimination.

Our ground breaking research and campaigns seek to change the way we live and work.

To that end, we also work with employers to support them in creating workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone.

By operating in the real world of pragmatic advice and practical solutions, we are making our vision a reality.



Sarah Jackson OBE is standing down as Chief Executive of Working Families during 2018, having led the charity for over 20 years.

During this time she has been at the forefront of promoting a revolution in family friendly working in the UK. Although she will be standing down from her role as Chief Executive during 2018, she will remain an Ambassador for Working Families.

Tim Oliver, Chair of Working Families Board of Trustees, said:

“We owe Sarah a huge debt for her tireless work on behalf of the UK’s working mothers and fathers.  Over the years Sarah has led the charity, we’ve seen huge steps forward – most notably the right to request flexible working legislation, maternity leave and pay and increasing rights for fathers.

“Sarah’s pragmatic approach to working across government, the private and third sectors has really changed the way we live and work. We are delighted that Sarah will continue to work closely with the Charity, as there is so much more to do.”