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Maternity pay: your legal rights

Lawyer Crystal Bolton from Michael Lewin Solicitors explains how maternity pay works in the video below. She says that to qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay you need to have been employed by your employer for at least 41 weeks when your child is born. You also need to have been paying National Insurance for at […]

‘Government childcare plans underfunded by £1bn’


Government plans to double free childcare hours for three and four year olds could be underfunded to the tune of £1 billion, according to the think tank IPPR. Their report, Extending the early years entitlement– costings, concerns and alternatives, says the government’s commitment of an additional £365 million to for 2017/18, the first full year […]

Government to extend Shared Parental Leave to grandparents

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The Government is planning to extend Shared Parental Leave to working grandparents, the Chancellor George Osborne has told the Conservative Party conference. Osborne said working grandparents will be allowed to take Shared Parental Leave and split shared parental pay which is paid at the rate of £139.58 a week or 90% of your average weekly […]

Out of steam

Asking for Help

Sometimes you just run out of steam. I made it to Friday, but when I looked at the calendar there was no white space. I had several interviews in the morning, plus a sick teenager, another child heading off on sleepover and in need of cash and a round of interviews in Cambridge all afternoon. […]

Call for Government to invest in flexible childcare

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The Government needs to reaffirm its commitment to help parents with childcare costs and use the savings from the delay to the roll-out of Tax Free Childcare to invest in a capital spending programme to make childcare more flexible, according to the Family and Childcare Trust. In a new report, Investing in Flexible Childcare, the […]

The lurgy works its way through the family

Sick Children

The lurgy has proceeded to work its way through the family. Fortunately, my partner and I have had it on different days, allowing some sense of parental control to prevail. Daughter one has had both the norovirus and the cold bug and has been complaining bitterly that she should have at least a week off, […]

Onrec Conference and Exhibition – 20th October 2015

Recruiting methods have changed due to advances in technology, but the challenge of attracting the very best, most applicable candidates remains an ongoing challenge,  make sure you are getting the very best from your suppliers and your recruiters to help you achieve your recruitment goals. This conference will help you test,  challenge and develop your […]

Your maternity leave rights explained’s legal expert Crystal Bolton from Michael Lewin Solicitors discusses maternity law, and your rights on maternity leave. This includes what to tell your employer and when about your pregnancy, the difference between ordinary and additional maternity leave and discussing annual leave entitlement while on maternity leave. The video is designed to provide you with […]

Companies call for more complex understanding of gender pay gap

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Less than one in six employers is concerned that current differences in pay may be due to gender, but many more are concerned about the implications of new regulations which mean larger employers will have to publish gender-related data on what they pay their employees, according to new research. The proposed regulations require large private […]

Why do socks feature so prominently in my life?


I’m in the worst bit of illness. The bit where the parent is sick, but almost everyone else, particularly the youngest, bounciest member of the team, is not and you still have to get up and do the school run, etc. The combo of the cough from hell and the norovirus has reduced my energy […]

Corbyn pledges to extend SMP and paternity pay to the self-employed

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to look at expanding statutory maternity and paternity pay to self-employed people. In his speech to the Labour Party conference in Brighton, Corbyn also attacked the Conservatives’ “shocking” record on child tax credits. The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s leading independent trade body for umbrella employers […]

‘Increased diversity on boards leads to greater return on investment’

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Increased diversity of perspectives on executive boards leads to them outperforming their all-male run peers, according to new research from Grant Thornton International Ltd. The study, which covers listed companies in the UK, India and US, estimates the opportunity cost for companies with male-only executive boards (in terms of lower returns on assets) at £430 […]

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