Parental Leave

The Dawn of Shared Parental Leave

Giselle Cory | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Parents
Giselle Cory

The UK is not at the vanguard of parental equality. The imbalance between mothers' and fathers' leave in the UK is among the highest in the OECD. But a rare benefit of lagging behind more forward-thinking nations is that we can wait to see what works (and shamelessly copy it).

Parental Rights and Wrongs in Divorce

Ayesha Vardag | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Ayesha Vardag

No doubt it will become more usual for both parents to take on more equal roles in parenting in the future - particularly given the changes in parental leave at work that are set to come into force in the UK in the coming weeks.

Improved Parental Leave: The Way to Have Children and a Career

B.J. Epstein | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

The work of raising children doesn't seem to be viewed with real respect. If it were, parental leave for working parents would be fully paid, it would last longer, and it would include equal amounts of time for both parents.

Is It Ever OK to Ask About Parental Leave in a Job Interview?

Leigh Lafever-Ayer | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Lafever-Ayer

Recent legislation has introduced shared parental leave but women are as worried as ever about the impact of parenthood on their job and still believe having children will affect their career progression.

Daddy Month: What's Not to Like?

Giselle Cory | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Politics
Giselle Cory

Increasing paid paternity leave from two weeks to four weeks might sound like a small step, but it's an essential one. It goes someway to creating an equitable system that sees mums and dads as equal and able... What's not to like?

Daddy Daycare?

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

In just a few months from now some new dads will have more options in how they use their parental leave. The new scheme will allow parents to share leave after their child is born, allowing more mothers to return to work - but the question is how many dads will take this leave?

Sharing the Responsibility - Shared Parental Leave

Hannah Cottam | Posted 07.04.2015 | 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.

Gender Equality Isn't Just for Women

Jenny Willott | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jenny Willott

We know that engaging men on gender equality is not easy, there are many barriers, but we cannot give up. There is huge pressure on boys and men to conform to the norms that constrain them as much as they do women. All children deserve the chance to live life to the full, follow their own path and choose how best to use their talents and pursue their interests.

Time to Admit That Modern Fatherhood Is a Myth

Gideon Burrows | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

As an equal parent in and out of working hours for over five years now, I've realised there's no fairytale quite so engaging, but quite so without actual substance, as the modern fatherhood myth. There's a convincing but untrue story about a huge army of fathers out there across the UK, all merrily doing their fair share of childcare, or maybe even more than their female partners. Just take a look outside. Where are the groups of dads sitting in coffee shops, or joining sing-along at the local library?

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.

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.

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.

The Key Bills In The Queens Speech

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 09.05.2012 | UK Politics

There are 19 Bills in the 2012 Queen's Speech - some of them are new revelations but many of them press ahead with things the government has already a...