Maternity Leave

Babies Ate My Brain

Amy C | Posted 25.06.2014 | 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 19.06.2014 | 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 ...

Plans to 'Mix and Match' Parental Leave Arrangements Are a Great Idea on Paper

Paula Whelan | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Whelan

According to the plans, set out in the Children and Families Bill, parents will be able to share their combined parental leave between them, either by taking it in turns or taking time off together, up to a total of 52 weeks.

Nappy Days! Parents To Benefit From Shared Parental Leave

Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK

Parents will be able to split maternity leave between them under new plans to be unveiled by the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Under the propos...

Power Maternity

Sarah Pylas | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Pylas

I agree that comparing ourselves to other mums is sometimes at the root of many feelings of inadequacy, but not setting up an empire during the first year of your child's life should certainly not be one of those things.

Osborne's Plan for Swapping Rights for Shares Will Scupper Employers and Employees Alike

Peter Watson | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Watson

Everywhere one looks, the hard fought rights of the individual are being threatened as the Coalition Government seeks ways to encourage private sector growth.

Fathers 'Able To Take A Year Off For Paternity Leave'

PA | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK

Fathers will be able to take the majority of the first year of a baby's life off work if the mother goes back to work under new coalition proposals, i...

Owner-employees - Worse News Than Beecroft

Joe O'Donnell | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Joe O'Donnell

It would be sad to see hundreds of years of employment law progress being swapped for £2,000 worth of shares which can be bought back on dismissal 'at a reasonable price'.

Male, Pale and Stale: The Gender Gap in the UK's Leading Roles

Anna Claeys | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Politics
Anna Claeys

The current system continues to leave women severely underrepresented in the top job - this is an issue not just for women, but for our economy and society as a whole.

Maternity Leave 'Should Be Scrapped' Idea Sparks Row

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK

Does maternity leave really create a "burden" on women trying to get ahead in business? According to Sheila Lawlor from the thinktank Politeia the ...

Feminism and Fatherhood - the Morecambe and Wise of Parenting?

Jai Breitnauer | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jai Breitnauer

I used to be suspicious of Feminists, until I realised I was one. You see, it's almost impossible to be a woman and not be feminist - after all, who would willingly give up the element of choice in their lives, to be told what they should do and how they should do it?

The Maternity Games

Gemma Johnson | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Johnson

What have we learnt from programmes like The Apprentice? Perhaps it's that 100% is no longer enough and only at least 5556.7% will do? Or, how about the fact that a grey shiny suit always seems to be the right "executive" look? These life lessons aside, it may come as a surprise to learn that one of the biggest gifts programmes like The Apprentice have left us with is that it's okay to be a bit Machiavellian in life. And we're being so more and more especially when it comes to maternity leave.

The Coalition's Lost Generation

Jai Breitnauer | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Politics
Jai Breitnauer

If the government's new maternity leave plans go ahead it means new mums will be legally entitled to just four and a half months off with their baby, and any further leave will be under negotiation with their employer, and potentially unpaid.

Shared Parental Leave: Clegg's Got it Right for Once

Louie Matthews | Posted 19.07.2012 | UK Politics
Louie Matthews

When I heard last week's Queen's Speech outlining plans to enshrine Nick Clegg's beloved shared parental leave into law, I paused for a moment from putting the fishfingers into the oven to give a little cheer.