Fountain penWelcome to our WorkFlex 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.

  • Making Parliament as family-friendly as possible

    2 Oct 2018

    The Houses of Parliament will always be a symbol of our shared culture and history, but it is a workplace that has, at times, struggled to keep pace with modernity and societal change.

  • Time to create a system fit for the future

    10 Sep 2018

    Much of the debate around gender equality has focussed on the need to help women achieve parity with men, in terms of how they are treated and how much they are paid.

  • Using the Part Time Workers Regulations in litigation

    9 Jul 2018

    Alison Humphry, Partner at Workwise Legal LLP, explains the differences in the Part Time Workers Regulations and the Equality Act, and when it is most appropriate to use each, or both, of them.

  • The Government has missed the opportunity to give a rocket boost to fathers taking a greater role in their children’s lives

    29 Jun 2018

    After the government's recent formal response to the Fathers in the Workplace Inquiry, father of two Adam Gretton talks about the huge missed opportunity for Shared Parental Leave.

  • Why SPL matters for the self-employed

    12 Jun 2018

    I’m a recording engineer & music producer by trade. I started the Parental Pay Equality campaign to change the law to give self-employed people access to Shared Parental Leave (SPL).

  • Making a successful flexible working request

    22 May 2018

    If you’re an employee who has worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks, then your employer has a legal duty to reasonably consider your flexible working request.

  • The GEO’s recruitment process focussed on my skills, so I did not have to explain or justify the ‘gap’ in my CV

    21 Mar 2018

    Vivien Kelly, Communications Lead at the Government Equalities Office, writes about being a returner and about the GEO sponsored Best Returner Programme Award.

  • Where next for Shared Parental Leave: reflections on ‘Fathers and the Workplace’ recommendations

    20 Mar 2018

    Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee today released its report from the Fathers and the Workplace inquiry which highlights the difficulties fathers have in balancing their careers and childcare responsibilities. Dr Emma Banister from Alliance Manchester Business School and Dr Ben Kerrane from Lancaster University Management School give us their thoughts on the report’s recommendations.

  • Time to start being a bit more useful

    20 Mar 2018

    The first month of my sabbatical was from the middle of June to the start of the school holidays.  I thought that Nicola (my wife) probably wouldn't be keen on having me hanging around the house, so I asked Sarah Jackson if I could come and help for a month at the Working Families offices in Camberwell. She very kindly said yes.  It was a chance for me to see how Working Families operates, how the whole team works together and what an amazing service it provides with relatively meagre resources.  It was the highlight of the year.

  • Time to fix the fathers?

    20 Mar 2018

    Welcome to the Mummy Track, guys.  Our Modern Families Index 2018 shows very little difference between men and women - fathers are making the same career compromises as mothers do, which we have been agonising over for decades.  Men and women turn down promotions, say no to a new job - steer their career into the sidings and idle the engine for a few years.