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  • 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.

  • An afternoon in Westminster: the Working Families policy conference

    By Richard Dunstan, Workflex blog editor Last Tuesday, some 120 policy wonks, campaigners and academics gathered in Portcullis House, Westminster for the second Working Families annual policy conference, kindly hosted by former cabinet minister Maria Miller MP. With the presentation of two new Working Families reports, keynote speeches by MPs from each of the three […]

  • 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.

  • Tickets please! And make them flexible.

    In this guest post, Martin Abrams of the Campaign for Better Transport explains the new campaign for cheaper train travel for part-time workers. Today we are launching a campaign for cheaper train tickets for part-time workers. Together with a broad coalition of women’s groups, charities, and NGOs including Working Families we are sending a loud […]