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  • “A month after my return to work from maternity leave, my world fell apart”

    Sera is a qualified NLP Practitioner, coach & mentor, author of ‘Dana’s Walk’ and co-author of ‘Transforming Your Life’, and mum to Dana (aged 20) with Cerebral Palsy

  • Time to create a system fit for the future

    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.

  • Three ideas to make this country a better place, for women, for men, and even for business

    Sybille Raphael, Head of Legal Advice at Working Families, spoke to employment lawyers about Working Families, the gender pay gap, and pressing for progress on International Women’s Day.

  • 9 ‘til 5: no longer the only way to make a living

    As part of National Work Life Week, John Handley, HR Director at Bright Horizons Family Solutions UK writes about smart flexible working. Flexible working is a phrase we are all familiar with. In 2014 the Right to Request Flexible Working was introduced, an initiative which was met with applause by many. However, there are some who are sceptical about the practicalities of making it real, particularly if they perceive that their employees must always be “on the job”.

  • Gender Pay Gap

    The government is introducing gender pay gap reporting. All employers with 250 or more employees will have to publish their gender pay gap. Individuals’ pay rates won’t be published but the average differences in hourly pay for male and female employees across the organisation will have to be to put on the organisation’s website and a designated government website.

  • Scottish Top Employers for Working Families

    Working Families has announced the winners of Scottish Top Employers for Working Families. The winning employers demonstrated some excellent practice. One of the awards was Carers Scotland’s ‘Best Employer for Carers and Eldercare’. Waving not drowning readers might want to encourage their employers to adopt some of the winners’ innovative policies.

  • Blogging Against Disablism Day – 1 May 2017

    Our Disability Adviser, Janet Mearns, explores some of the employment issues facing parents of disabled children. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference.

  • The risky business of agency work

    The rights of workers have been much in the news recently, as the courts decide whether 'self-employed' Uber drivers or Pimlico Plumbers are really 'workers' and thus should have access to minimum wages and holiday pay. However, there is another group of workers who don’t get much publicity and who may lose out because they don’t know their rights – pregnant agency workers.

  • Flexi-work Friday

    Deborah Granville, Campaign Manager at Working Families, looks at what we have achieved during National Work Life Week and introduces #flexiworkfriday - a day for employers to think about the benefits of flexible working.

  • #Happytotalkflexibleworking

    Are you happy to talk about flexible working? Does the concept excite or worry you? Read about our strapline Happy to Talk Flexible Working and how it can help your organisation.