Paternity Leave

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.

Dad Who Lost His Job After Leaving Work To Attend Baby's Birth Gets Job Offers

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Parents

A dad who lost his job after leaving work to attend the birth of his son has been offered three new positions. Lamar Austin, 30, from New Hampshire, ...

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.

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.

How Does My Employer Benefit From Me Looking After My Kids?

Ian Burge | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Parents
Ian Burge

thriving families.jpg My time off might not have made me love my employer more (although If you're reading this, boss, of course I love you, and not only because you're paying for the mortgage and the girls' clothes) but it has made me a better employee. Paradoxical as it sounds, not being at work has made me better at work.

Brexit - Better or Worse for Working Parents?

Geraldine Gallacher | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Parents
Geraldine Gallacher

My first instinct when discovering that we will now leave the EU was dismay and shock. Next was concern: what lies ahead? Nobody can say. There are certainly lots of things to worry about. But as managing director of an executive coaching consultancy that specialises in Parental Transition coaching, my biggest concern was that the far-sighted parental rights won over the last 40 years, and which now contribute so much to workplace gender equality, might unravel.

Why Are British Mums and Dads the Worst in the Developed World at Sharing Childcare?

Jeremy Davies | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

Our gender pay gap - which leaves British women earning an average of 17.4% less than men in similar full-time jobs - places us 15th out of the 22 countries measured. In first-placed New Zealand, the gap is 5.6%.

Crazy Sh*t People Say To Dads: 'You On Mummy Duty Today?'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Parents

Four dads have spoken out about the shit people say to them on a day-to-day basis when they're looking after their kids. Highlighting how outdated and...

Unshared Parent Leave

Sophia Walker | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

A lot can happen in nine months, but even more can happen in a year. That's why the decision to take a whole year out to bring up baby was a no-brainer for me. When I heard today that only one in a hundred men have taken up paternity leave, I can't say it shocked me.

Shared Parental Leave - Can We Overcome Stereotypes?

Neeha Khurana | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Parents
Neeha Khurana

The policy's main criticism so far is that the number of new fathers signing up is low, with many blaming cultural stereotypes for their hesitation. Employers need to address this by making role models more visible and openly communicating the available options around shared parental leave.

Why It's Not True To Say Just 1% Of Dads Took Up Shared Parental Leave

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Parents

On the first anniversary of the launch of Shared Parental Leave (SPL), it has been widely reported that just 1% of dads have chosen to take it up. How...

The (Working) Benefits of Being a Millennial

Carolina Are | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Carolina Are

Sure, Millennials have it a lot harder when it comes to making their job count. We will probably have worked 100 jobs by the age of 60, all while still renting a house in the middle of nowhere and commuting to work for hours. But we will also be able to change our job titles to something outlandish and, most importantly, shape our company and its products rather than letting them shape us.

Sharing the Caring Puts Family First

S.D. Robertson | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
S.D. Robertson

I'm a big believer in fathers playing a more active role in their children's upbringing. I'm biased, of course, as that's my own experience. Not that my wife and I planned it. A happy accident would be a better explanation.

New Dads Will Now Get Four Months Paid Leave At Facebook

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Parents

Facebook has announced a new extended parental leave policy, meaning new fathers will now get four months of paid leave. The global policy, which w...

Are We Ready to Share Care?

Mandy Garner | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

Can Shared Parental Leave make a difference? Many are sceptical. They argue that examples from other European countries show that unless you specifically reserve leave for dads on a 'use it or lose it' basis, as they do in Iceland, they are unlikely to take it.

One More Reason Why Netflix Is Brilliant (Especially If You're A Parent)

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents

Netflix's new maternity and paternity leave policy will allow mums and dads to take off as much time as they like during the first year after their c...

How to Bring Balance to Boardrooms and Beyond

Jayne Morris | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Jayne Morris

Traditional eastern philosophies explain that in nature all matter consists of feminine (ying) and masculine (yang) energy that change in balance with...

Fathers Working For Richard Branson Are Getting An Amazing New Paternity Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Parents

New fathers working for Richard Branson's Virgin are to receive an entire year's paternity leave on full pay. The bold move also applies to adoptiv...

The Duke Of Cambridge Heads Back To Work

PA | By Kate Ferguson, Press Association | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK

The Duke of Cambridge is returning to work tomorrow after taking a break to spend time with his family and newborn, Princess Charlotte. The air amb...

Shared Parental Leave: What It's REALLY Like When Dad Is Left At Home With The Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Parents

New shared parental leave legislation is shaking up the way mums and dads share childcare for their babies. A father's right to take time off work ...

Why Proper Paid Paternity Leave Matters to Working Women, As Well as 'Cappuccino Dads'

Samantha Mangwana | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Mangwana

If men and women share parenting, so that they are equally likely to take extended parental leave, and need to accommodate childcare arrangements, then the departure of mothers on maternity leave stops being a sexist problem.

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 Labour's Paternity Leave Policy Progressive or a Poll Bribe?

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Simon Ragoonanan

While this Labour policy may seem progressive, reflecting the reality that many fathers want to be at home with their newborn too, I feel what it's really reinforcing is that after four weeks a man's place is still at work while a woman's is at home with the baby.