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  • Manifesto 2015: how does Labour measure up?

    In the second of our series of Workflex posts assessing the likely manifesto pledges of the main political parties, Richard Dunstan looks at how Labour Party policy measures up against our own 'Families & Work' manifesto for May 2015.

  • Manifesto 2015: how do the Liberal Democrats measure up?

    By Richard Dunstan, Working Families Blog Editor Last week, the Liberal Democrats issued their pre-manifesto for the May 2015 General Election. While the some 300 policy pledges in the pre-manifesto will be debated and voted on by party members at their conference in Glasgow early next month, the 80-page document provides a first opportunity to assess […]

  • One year to go: a ‘families and work’ manifesto for May 2015

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer Previously on this blog, we set out a draft ‘families & work’ manifesto for the General Election in May 2015, with 14 specific policy proposals grouped under four headings: time; equality; money; and childcare infrastructure.  Using feedback on that draft from a wide range of partners, we have […]

  • Working parents struggling to hold on to family-friendly jobs

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer In the week that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called for radical legal and cultural change to “make family-friendly working the new norm in Britain”, the latest annual report of our legal helpline shows too many working parents struggling to hold onto family-friendly employment, and unlawful practice […]

  • Making work actually work for all: a ‘families & work’ manifesto for 2015

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer With fewer than 400 days to go until the general election in May 2015, teams of strategists, number-crunchers and policy wonks in each of the main parties will be burning the midnight oil between now and the party conference season in September, when the party manifestos are […]

  • Down down, deeper and down: the impact of employment tribunal fees on workers’ access to justice

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer In early 2012, Working Families joined many other organisations – including the Equality & Human Rights Commission, Citizens Advice, Maternity Action and the TUC – in warning that the hefty, upfront fees for employment tribunal claimants on which the Ministry of Justice was then consulting would create a […]

  • Introducing YESS – because life’s too short to litigate

    In this guest post, renowned employment lawyer Camilla Palmer explains what led her to establish new charity Your Employment Settlement Service (YESS). Many bemoan the gender equality gap at work and wonder why it persists after 40 years of equality legislation.  My answer is: ‘It’s pregnancy stupid’ – at least a large part of it is down […]