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Statutory Maternity Pay

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Closing the gender pay gap: equal pay audits, or more equal parenting?

    By Richard Dunstan, Working Families volunteer Recent weeks have seen renewed calls for the introduction of mandatory equal pay audits in order to close the gender pay gap, which according to the Office of National Statistics now stands at 19.7 per cent.  This follows a set-piece speech by Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s shadow minister for women […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Benefit cuts are hitting working families

    By Richard Exell, Senior Policy Officer at the TUC Yesterday, benefits and tax credits went up. It’s the time for the annual cost of living uprating, and Child Benefit will go up for the first time since 2010. But the truth is that low-paid workers are losing out badly from cuts to social security benefits, […]

  • TUC and London Child Poverty Alliance highlight the crisis of low pay

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer To mark the start of its Fair Pay Fortnight, the TUC has today released figures showing that, on average, workers have “lost more than £4,000 in pay since 2009”.  According to the TUC’s analysis, construction workers are earning an average of £88 per week less than they […]

  • 1500 nappies: NCT reveals cost of the parent penalty

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer A few weeks ago, this blog highlighted the ludicrously low level of statutory maternity and paternity pay, compared to the national minimum wage, the Living Wage, or average earnings.  Yet just how new parents are supposed to get by on less than 60 per cent of the […]