Maternity Leave

Sharing the Responsibility - Shared Parental Leave

Hannah Cottam | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Cottam

Since the late 1970s when women started to return to work after having a family, the workplace has been forced to adapt to a larger and more senior female population. This has led to maternity leave, childcare vouchers, and a more flexible approach to working.

Vocal Heroes: The Year for Women in Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

The past year has been one of extremes when it comes to women in leadership. We've had some 'vocal heroes' -- most notably Malala Yousafzai, but also Emma Watson promoting the He for She campaign

Five Big Tips for Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave

Andrea Mara | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Going back to work after maternity leave is a time of mixed emotions for many mothers - for some it's a worry, for some, it's exciting. And for most, it's a lot from column A and a little from column B.

Nick Clegg's Twitter Q&A Did Not Get Off To A Good Start

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics

MPs are used to receiving scathing retorts when they post anything earnest - or sometimes anything at all - on Twitter. So when Nick Clegg sent a c...

Would You Ask About Maternity Before Starting A New Job?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Maternity leave is something that seriously affects our financial and professional progress, but an alarming amount of women are not clued up on the m...

24 Things You Could Do After Maternity Leave

Soozi Baggs | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

Please don't stop at dreaming. Do something about it. There really are loads of opportunities out there which will help you to change your life for the better. I've distilled some of these ideas into a handy list for you. This is your 'what I could do after maternity leave' list. Read it, pick out a few, and develop them into your own ideas.

Nick Clegg Wants To Overhaul Your Parenting

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

Nick Clegg has claimed he will kickstart a parenting revolution by making paternity pay for male Civil Service employees equal to maternity leave pay ...

Shared Parental Leave Will Strengthen Families and Businesses

Jo Swinson | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jo Swinson

Mums and adopters will have real choice about when they return to work, dads will have more time to bond with their children, children will have better outcomes, while employers will benefit from lower staff turnover and having a workforce that is more flexible and motivated. And who wouldn't want that?

Can You Baby-Proof Your Career?

Marina Gask | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Gask

Caroline is passionate about empowering women to make themselves vital to their employers and their industry, so they don't end up getting sidelined on returning to work. "I help women look at how they can build their career and prove their worth long before they get pregnant so that any employer would give their right arm to keep them, even on a flexible basis.

Louise Ridley

New Dads Could Avoid Being "Mocked" If They Had More Paternity Leave | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK

An extra four weeks of paternity leave could stop new dads being "mocked" at work for wanting to care for their children in the first few months, the ...

Does Maternity Leave Give Women a Taster For Becoming Stay-at-Home-Mothers?

Andrea Mara | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Assuming there isn't a secret world where stay-at-home mothers get to loll about all day in spas sipping Pinot Grigio, there must be some reason why more women than men stay at home with children?

The Mummy-Track Is Alive and Kicking, and Gathering Steam

Andrea Mara | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

We have so many terms to learn all the time it's hard to keep up - for anyone who is not familiar with it, "mummy-track" refers to the sidelining of mothers in the workplace when they return from maternity leave.

Babies Ate My Brain

Amy C | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy C

The toddler is napping, the baby is sat contentedly chewing your car keys and you're washing up. The house is calm for a rare and brief moment. Then suddenly your husband throws a curveball...

Motherhood and Leadership: Do They Mix?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Lack of support can leave women "faced with the feeling like they're not enough at either home or work" and prone to dropping out, says Chivers. "These are women who know they can deliver great things at work and raise happy, normal kids if only their and their partners' employers would trust them enough to crack on in flexible fashion."

The Mummy Track - A Man-Made Trap

Soozi Baggs | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

This is the Mummy Track. A subtle quirk of the workplace which somehow manages to circumvent equal employment legislation and allows pregnant women and mothers to be shamefully discriminated against.

So, If You've Ignored My Advice...

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

My last musing was to suggest that we eschew the Power Maternity Leave and enjoy our time sitting around in Starbucks, adore our little ones and generally join the ranks of the yummy mummy brigade with gusto...

Why Maternity Leave Was the Perfect Time to Quit My Job

Soozi Baggs | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

For 4 weeks I had no job to go to or even think about; and no babies yet. For the first time, probably since I was at university, I was completely free to do what I wanted for days on end. Of course, what I wanted most of all was to sit on the sofa like a beached whale - I was huge and had no energy. But still, the feeling of freedom was starting to take hold.

Government Research Into Maternity Leave Discrimination

Geraldine Gallacher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Geraldine Gallacher

I have seen returning mothers, particularly in the City, feeling very vulnerable about their positions, especially when management changes while they were away. They feel as if their track record has been effectively wiped out. Managers have also become risk averse when putting together their teams.

'David Cameron Is Betraying New Mums'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

Up to 50,000 women a year could be unable to return to work after maternity leave because of a "triple whammy" of employment discrimination, shadow ho...

The UK Film and TV Industry Is Booming and It's Largely Down to Two Women

Matt J Gallagher | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matt J Gallagher

We've got a booming film and TV industry thanks to these two incredible and inspiring female role models, yet we make it so hard for women to return to work after having a child. Surely it is time for broadcaster and filmmakers to think again?

Overgenerous Maternity Benefit Should Be Slashed to Six Weeks Unpaid Leave

Katie Hopkins | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Hopkins

I believe having a baby is a luxury in the current economic climate and SMEs should not be expected to foot the bill. Maternity leave was designed for large corporate firms. It can have a devastating impact on an SME. If you only employ three or four people and one of them goes on maternity leave, it can cripple your business. I am calling on the government to look at the way it legislates for maternity leave and to recognise that we are not all multinational corporates.

Why Vince Cable Is Wrong: Organisations Must Regain Their Appetite for the Cultural Change Needed to Ensure More Women Get to the Top

Carol Rosati | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Politics
Carol Rosati

Cultural change is key to creating the successful business and workplaces of the future and moves to improve working life cannot and should not be ignored. There is clearly strong desire for a cultural shift from both male and female employees. Now is the time to make it happen.

17 Awesome Feminist Achievements Since The Suffragettes

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK

What would Emily Wilding Davison think about feminism in the UK today? It's 100 years since the suffragette died, crushed under the hooves of the k...

Maternity Discrimination on the Rise as Women Pay the Price of Austerity

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

A report released today by the group Working ‎Families has revealed high levels of maternity discrimination for the third year running, ‎reinforcing recent research suggesting this is a growing trend. ‎

1 In 7 Women Made Redundant After Maternity Leave

PA | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

One in seven women are made redundant after maternity leave amid growing levels of discrimination, a new study has found. One in 10 women surveyed ...