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  • Working Families’ response to Ali vs Capita Customer Management EAT decision

    11 Apr 2018

    Responding to today’s decision from the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Ali vs Capita Customer Management (UKEAT/0161/17/BA), Working Families [1] Chief Executive Sarah Jackson said: “Today’s decision is an important safeguard for the special employment protection needed for pregnant women and new mothers. We intervened in this case because the particular workplace disadvantage […]

  • Search begins for the UK’s most family friendly employers

    31 Jan 2018

    The search begins for the UK's most family friendly employers. The Best Practice Awards open for entries today.

  • 2018 Modern Families Index – Modern Families at breaking point as parents buckle under the strain of overwork

    19 Jan 2018

    The UK’s working parents are struggling to cope with the strain of overwork - and deliberately stalling and downshifting their careers to reverse the negative impact it is having on family life, according to a major new study. The 2018 Modern Families Index, published today by work life charity Working Families and Bright Horizons, reveals the stress of the modern workplace is pushing parents to breaking point, creating a ‘parenthood penalty’. According to the study, many parents are obliged to work far over their contracted hours due to increasingly intense workloads or because they feel it is expected of them.

  • Poll finds Britain wants to work

    2 Nov 2017

    Low and middle-income parents want to work, want permanent jobs with a sense of purpose and put a premium on job security – but inadequate pay, a lack of affordable childcare and poor opportunities for progression are holding them back, a survey by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Working Families finds. More than two fifths […]

  • Online library of best practice in providing equality in the workplace launched today

    5 Oct 2017

    Simple steps like actively promoting options to work flexibly, managers championing flexible working and embedding flexible working in the recruitment process are among a new wealth of best practice case studies available to HR managers for the first time. Working Families is launching its new online Wainwright case study library during National Work Life Week to showcase effective - and often simple - examples of how HR teams can promote and embed flexible working and therefore equality, in the workplace.

  • Benchmarking flexibility – in policy and in practice

    4 Oct 2017

    Our member benchmark is unique and comprehensive. It measures all aspects of flexible and agile and work life policies and practice, and how these are integrated into an organisation’s values and culture. We’ve drilled down into organisational behaviour and attitudes, looked at the nitty gritty of policies, assessed how consistently flexibility is on offer across […]

  • Britain’s most family friendly workplaces unveiled

    3 Oct 2017

    Organisations across the UK who are leading the way in building flexible, family friendly workplaces have been unveiled today. Employers large and small from many sectors compete annually to gain a place on the list of Top Employers for Working Families.

  • New film launched to support parents of disabled children

    18 Aug 2017

    Working Families’ has launched a brand-new video, supported by National Lottery Awards for All, aimed at parents of disabled children that want to work. It is also urging parents of disabled children to complete its survey – to help inform its Waving not drowning campaigning work over the next two years.

  • Response to Supreme Court tribunal fees ruling

    26 Jul 2017

    In response to the UK Supreme Court ruling that tribunal fees are unlawful, and that they will cease to apply with immediate effect, Sarah Jackson Chief Executive of Working Families said:   “This is fantastic news for workers everywhere. And especially for the 54,000 women a year who lose their jobs simply because they have […]

  • Off Balance – new survey for 2017

    19 Jul 2017

    Working Families is running a survey for parents of disabled children who work or want to work. We’d like to hear parents’ views and experiences of combining paid work and care.