Paternity Leave

Shared Parental Leave - Two Years On

Hannah Cottam | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Cottam

On the second anniversary of a revolutionary policy that gives parents the opportunity to split time caring for their new born baby, studies have revealed that as little as one percent of men have so far taken up the opportunity to do so.

Could EU Plans Hold Key To UK Parenting Leave Reform Post-Brexit?

Jeremy Davies | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jeremy Davies

Paying Parental Leave at the level of Sick Pay (the minimum suggested by the EU) would hardly change that overnight; Statutory Sick Pay in the UK is just £89.35 per week - less than the already-paltry £140.98 that those eligible for SPL can claim.

Do We Focus On The Wrong Thing When Encouraging Parents Back To Work?

Pip Wilson | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Pip Wilson

That's not to downplay how difficult it can be: balancing professional life and bringing up children is tough. I don't believe that everybody can 'have it all', and it is naïve to expect to not have to make sacrifices. But I do believe that by considering what the ideal solution for your family would be, and having both parents strive to make that happen, families will begin to enjoy the freedom and happiness that should be commonplace but, sadly, is still not.

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.

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 20.03.2017 | 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 06.04.2017 | 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 06.04.2017 | 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...