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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

  • Employers have a clear role to play in supporting parents and carers in work

    As part of a recent research project, we spoke with parents and people who are caring for adult friends and relatives about managing their caring responsibilities at the same time as managing employment and polled the public.

  • 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.

  • Why we need to shout about improving the rights of parents with disabled children

    We have to value the work that carers do. We have to invest in care. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the only financially responsible thing to do. Care is a vital motor for economic growth and productivity. People who care have valuable skills: empathy, patience, creativity. And when we talk about childcare we have to understand that includes the care of children with additional needs and disabilities. It is not good enough to expect parents to struggle alone for years.

  • Why are UK men working such long hours?

    by Helen Norman and Colette Fagan, University of Manchester When couples have children, it is usually the mother rather than the father who adapts her employment hours and schedules to accommodate the demands of raising children. Most mothers drop to part-time hours while some exit the labour market completely. But what happens when men have children? Do their work hours and schedules change too?

  • 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”.

  • Working Family Carers Leave

    Chris Jeffery, Chairperson of Mending the Gap, highlights some of the difficult situations faced by many working Family Carers.

  • Baby steps – 10 tips for returning to work after post-natal depression

    Post-natal depression is very common. A study by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has found that 81% of women surveyed had experienced at least one episode of a mental health problem during or after their pregnancy. Being back at work can help but sometimes, the depression just makes it impossible to go back for a while. Our helpline regularly takes calls from women suffering from post-natal depression who worry about their return to work.

  • 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.