Maternity Leave

What To Expect When Your Business Is (Triple) Expecting

Rachel Deacon | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK
Rachel Deacon

It's by no means a finite process. But adapting an approach to suit each mum - as far as is possible - can pay dividends for the business too. No doubt, with the joy of the next pregnancy announcement will come another new mum, with a new set of expectations, fears, challenges; and another opportunity to find an even better way.

Half Of Fathers Would Use Shared Parental Leave

Sarah Jackson | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Jackson

It's now two years since Shared Parental Leave gave families a new way to share care in the first year of their child's life. After two weeks of compulsory maternity leave, eligible parents can share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay with their partner.

Maternity Leave: 4 Women Talk About The Challenges They Face In Modern Britain

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents

One of the key considerations of becoming a parent in modern Britain is deciding how to balance your work and home life, or more specifically what you...

Shared Parental Leave - In What Ways Can Leave Be Taken?

Kate Palmer | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Kate Palmer

The major advantage of SPL is that both parents can choose to take leave off at the same time for a greater period than the initial two weeks paternity leave afforded to fathers, partners and secondary adopters. In theory, the employees themselves can decide how to divide the leave between them and this may be equally.

Parents: Why You Need To Quit The Job You Hate

Lauren Marks-Clee | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Marks-Clee

I will never forget the day I realised I had to quit my well-paid job and set up my own business. I say had to, not because I was on the verge of being sacked or had an idiot of a boss, or even because I was bored. It was quite the opposite in fact.

Five Things You Should Know Before Creating Your Maternity Leave Plan

Jacqui Beel | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jacqui Beel

Despite the excitement around having a baby, in reality there is a lot of planning that comes with it that can seem daunting and stressful. When planning to take time off work, you want to make sure you create a plan that is best for you and your employer and make the most of the options available to you.

Top Tips On Maternity Leave And Pay

Sean Mchale | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sean Mchale

A pregnant employee has the right to 52 weeks' maternity leave. 39 of these weeks could be paid (although this could be longer if your employment contract allows for contractual maternity pay).

Five Ways To Make Your Maternity Leave The Stuff Of Dreams (Not Nightmares)

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Barnwell

BBC's drama The Replacement was a disturbing exploration of maternity leave that tapped into the fears of many mothers-to-be but also raised a number of questions around our biases and assumptions that impending and new mothers are not to be trusted and start to unravel the moment the two blue lines appear.

How To Survive Your First Night Out After Having A Baby

Jeni Dibley-Rouse | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jeni Dibley-Rouse

So you have grown a baby, your baby has come out one way or another, you have fed it, stayed up all night and day with it but now it's time to get a small piece of your life back. The thought of going out on your own is daunting and going out at night with no children in the dark is scary but also exciting.

No One Likes To Be Considered Replaceable - Least Of All New Mums

Marina Gask | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Parents
Marina Gask

I went off on maternity leave a mess of insecurities. The interim editor was a brilliant journalist, and at the time unencumbered with inconvenient children - as I was about to be. What if she turned out to be better than me, or more popular? What if the circulation figures went up - what if they gave her my job?

In Favour Of Career Breaks

Sally Dhillon | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sally Dhillon

If we are to contribute to the workforce in healthy ways that fairly recognises and rewards our talents and potential, surely parents shouldn't be penalised for dipping out of employment and suffer the longer term impact on their employability.

Why Maternity Leave Is The Perfect Time To Start A Business

Ruth Kudzi | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Kudzi

When I tell people I set up my business whilst I was pregnant and working full time (with a toddler) I usually get pretty polarised reactions. When I say I wished I had done it on my first maternity leave, reactions get more extreme.

Mum Who Took 9-Week-Old Travelling On Maternity Leave Is Doing The Same With Baby Number 2

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mum who took her nine-week-old daughter travelling around the world on maternity leave in 2015 will be doing the same again with her second child. ...

Adele's Right... Why Doing What You Love When You're A Mum Helps You 'Come Back To Yourself'

Lucy Griffiths | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Griffiths

When munchkin was about 14 months old, I began going to yoga classes while my husband watched the baby, and it was such a relief to do something just for me. And yes, I could almost hear the strains of Adele singing.... "HELLOOOO" in my mind as I did my downward dog. Yes, Hello, I was back.

How Can Employers Support Employees Returning From Maternity Leave?

Kate Palmer | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Kate Palmer

Employers can lessen the stress of the return by using Keeping In Touch (KIT) days productively. Women can work up to ten KIT days during their maternity leave and the employer can look to agree these days in a way which benefits the employee.

There Will Be 'Zero Tolerance' For Maternity Discrimination In Workplace, Says MP

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents

Pregnant women and new mothers are expected to be given greater protection against discrimination in the workplace, MPs have revealed. A consultation ...

The Toughest Job Of All Is Being A Working Mum

Sophia Walker | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

I decided to update my CV and ring around some recruitment agents. The reality check was humbling. I was told to be 'thankful' for even having a job, while others told me no-one would employ me part time when there's 400,580,235,253,532 younger girls willing to do seven-days a week at half my day rate.

Pregnancy Discrimination: The Government Is Sitting On Its Hands

Jo Swinson | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jo Swinson

With evidence that pregnancy discrimination is at shocking levels, and has almost doubled in a decade, the Government urgently needs to act. We have outlined the steps the Government needs to take, from high-profile leadership to practical help for employers, abolishing the employment tribunal fees that prevent dinosaur bosses being taken to task, and ensuring women have access to the advice and help they need.

Working Mums And Entrepreneurs: Why We Can Have It All...

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

Yes it's hard work, yes there are times where you feel unappreciated, and yes it can feel as if you're wading through treacle at times, when no amount of distractions will stop a tantrum.

A Dad Told Me Paternity Leave Would Send Me Crazy. He Was Wrong, I Loved Every Minute

Owen Bennett | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Parents
Owen Bennett

The saddest aspect of the whole affair is that Lucia will never be able to join in with me when I reminisce about this time in years to come. She will have no memory of the three months we spent together and how much fun we had.

This Part-Timer Is Revolting: The Ocean Of Talent Going To Waste

Nicola Wiggins | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Parents
Nicola Wiggins

Unfortunately, career changes mean starting at the bottom. Or they mean working evenings and weekends, building up a business or working freelance, and missing out on family time. What's the other choice? Oh, yeah. Work part-time for peanuts whilst paying what feels like a billion pounds for childcare.

Patriarchy Two Point O

Tim Wilson | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Parents
Tim Wilson

We discussed me leaving work. I'd never thought about it, and being honest, the thought of it terrified me. I tried to get to grips with it - giving up a year of work - but I really, really struggled. I realised how much I've been programmed to expect a life of 'old-school masculinity', desk- and duty-bound.

Supporting Employees With Shared Parental Leave

Kate Palmer | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Parents
Kate Palmer

SPL is a process heavy right with many notice requests, time limits and entitlement issues to be resolved. As a result, employees are unwilling to opt in because they don't know the process or they don't understand it.

Wanna Be In My Gang?

Lorna Hayward | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents
Lorna Hayward

Physically I was able to try and pull on those times of rest, but my mind (as will be the story of my bloody life and no doubt this blog) kept overflowing with endless lists of what once again, I should and could be doing with my 'free time' (LOL)

Mourning My Maternity

Deb Bunn | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

It's a lot of things to miss about being with M all the time, and I guess it's a kind of grief that I'm experiencing. Mourning my maternity leave. But then, I'm so very grateful, that I have those things to miss. That I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a mummy, and to spend 9 blissful months with my girl.