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Shared Parental Leave

  • Knowing your rights for work-life balance

    National Work Life Week provides a chance to reflect on your work-life balance. For many working parents and carers, getting this balance right can be elusive. Luckily, there are some legal rights designed to make it a little easier. But many working parents don’t know what their rights are.

  • Every Week is National Work Life Week at Zurich UK

    By Steve Collinson, Head of HR at Zurich, a Working Families employer member. Empowering our people to work in a way that fits around their own personal needs is at the core of our business DNA. This is not simply a ‘bandwagon’ we’ve jumped on to gain media traction or fall in line with the […]

  • On the road to true equality: mums and dads in 2019 and beyond

    As Bob Dylan once sang, ‘times are a changing.’ And when it comes to parents in the workplace, the last decade has brought much change—focussed predominantly on mothers at work (though there is much improvement needed there still)—but it is at least a start. The next decade may bring about even more change for even more parents, as changing family dynamics start to shine a light into the future ahead.

  • The Government has missed the opportunity to give a rocket boost to fathers taking a greater role in their children’s lives

    After the government's recent formal response to the Fathers in the Workplace Inquiry, father of two Adam Gretton talks about the huge missed opportunity for Shared Parental Leave.

  • Where next for Shared Parental Leave: reflections on ‘Fathers and the Workplace’ recommendations

    Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee today released its report from the Fathers and the Workplace inquiry which highlights the difficulties fathers have in balancing their careers and childcare responsibilities. Dr Emma Banister from Alliance Manchester Business School and Dr Ben Kerrane from Lancaster University Management School give us their thoughts on the report’s recommendations.

  • Time to fix the fathers?

    Welcome to the Mummy Track, guys.  Our Modern Families Index 2018 shows very little difference between men and women - fathers are making the same career compromises as mothers do, which we have been agonising over for decades.  Men and women turn down promotions, say no to a new job - steer their career into the sidings and idle the engine for a few years.

  • 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.

  • Shared Parental Leave: opportunities, barriers & #sharethejoy campaign

    As the Government launches a new drive to raise awareness about Shared Parental Leave, Dr Emma Banister of University of Manchester looks at the issues dogging the flagship gender equality initiative 

  • 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?

  • Shared Parental Leave in the UK: is it working? Lessons from other countries

    This week marks two years since the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL). Hailed as a flagship policy, which gives parents more choice around balancing work and care, SPL has been praised for allowing fathers to take a longer period of time off work to bond with their baby (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2014). Manchester University's Helen Norman and Colette Fagan explore why only a minority of fathers are taking up the scheme.