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    Shared parental leave: A revolutionary concept, but sadly moving at a glacial pace of change

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    By Paul Guess, CABA Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced in April 2015. When asked about it, the then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg explained, ‘more and more fathers want to play a hands-on role with their young children, but too many feel that they can’t.’ The SPL scheme was a way to give more ‘choice’ […]

    The best and worst countries for new working parents revealed (clue – the UK isn’t the best)

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    Estonia, Croatia, and Bulgaria all offer more maternity leave than the UK, though our statutory offer sits high on the list when comparing worldwide. According to research from Red Letter Days, the UK is 4th on the list for the country that offers the most maternity leave in weeks for new mums. Women in the […]

    Increase in ‘gagging orders’ for pregnancy related discrimination cases

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    Despite parents being protected from unfair treatment during pregnancy and maternity or paternity leave by The Equality Act 2010, many employers may be flouting the law.  According to research from Direct Line Life Insurance, in the last 12 months more than two thirds (71 per cent) of employment law professionals reported an increase in disputes where […]

    MPs demand end to pregnancy discrimination in the workplace

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    The Women and Equalities Committee has published its submission to the Government’s consultation on pregnancy and maternity discrimination protections. In it, the Committee calls for an end to what it calls ‘shocking stories of workplace discrimination and of the emotional, physical and financial impact on women’. In August 2016, the Committee published a major report […]

    IWD2019: Which countries are supporting working mothers best?

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    With studies showing that as many working women have children, as those who don’t, it is clear that a large percentage of women are juggling careers with motherhood. And recent research from Catalyst shows women account for 40 per cent or more of the total labour force in several countries, making flexible working hours, extended maternal leave, […]

    Views on maternity leave costing lack of return to work success

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    Attitudes to maternity leave can have an enormous affect on return to work success, new research has found. Dublin City University (DCU) Business School discovered that how a mother’s time away is viewed by a line manager and the company as a whole is critical in determining their return success. Businesses that view maternity leave […]

    Mum’s Enterprise launches ‘Happiness Project’

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    Gender equality firm Mum’s Enterprise has launched its report ‘From Career Woman to Working Mum’ to coincide with Maternal Mental Heal Awareness Week 2018. This is the first initiative launched as part of the company’s ‘Happiness Project’, which it says is dedicated to supporting a happier nation. The report has been collated drawing on insight of over 1,000 mums […]

    UK mums get less decently-paid maternity leave than most Europeans

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    UK mothers get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, according to new TUC analysis published today ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday (26 March). The UK ranks 22 out of 24 among European countries that offer statutory maternity leave. While mums in the UK only get six weeks’ decently-paid maternity […]

    7 tips to make your return from maternity leave easier

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    One of the biggest fears many first-time mothers have is how taking time out to have a child will affect their career. The good news is it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are seven tips from Sage Singleton of DailyWorth to make your transition back to work after maternity leave easier. 1 Develop a […]

    New mothers need more than just employment protection, says The Clear Company

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    New mothers don’t just need employment protection while on maternity leave; they also need support to transition back into work, according to diversity consultancy The Clear Company. In light of recent reports from The Women and Equalities Committee and calls from MPs to address the discrimination pregnant women and new mothers face at work, The […]


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