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Mental health problems in the workplace increase

Sad business woman, disappointment, stress

Over two-fifths of organisations have seen an increase in reported mental health problems such as anxiety and depression over the last year, according to a new survey. In 2009 the annual CIPD Absence Management survey, produced in conjunction with Simplyhealth, due to be launched on Monday, showed only 24% of organisations reported seeing an increase […]

The Hot Wheels MEGA Metropolis

Granny on the frontline

Sorry, people, but Thomas must be the most yawn-inducing tank engine in the world, universe, space and this in spite of a string of celebs acting as narrator, including ex-Beatle rock ‘n roller Ringo Starr. If I have to hear ‘We’re busy busy busy, our wheels don’t touch the ground’ one more time, I’ll explode […]

Future of Work Summit

3rd Annual Future of Work Summit When: 24th November 2015 Where: Amba Marble Arch (formerly known as the Thistle) | London Website: Strapline:  Beyond productivity and efficiency: Mobility as the catalyst for business innovation, organisational change and deeper employee engagement About Ovum’s 3rd Annual Future of Work Summit is a boutique event designed for […]

Benefits cut ‘will create more poverty among working households’


The number of poor working households will rise by up to an additional 200,000 over the course of the parliament as a result of policies announced in the Summer Budget, according to a report published by the independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation. The report, which assesses the outlook for poverty levels over the parliament, shows […]

Extending Shared Parental Leave to grandparents ‘could prevent dads taking it up’

Families and Dads

Extending Shared Parental Leave to grandparents could mean fewer dads take it up, former minister for employment relations Jo Swinson said today. In a blog for Personnel Today, Swinson, now a non-executive director of Clear Returns and a consultant on workplace diversity, says grandparents play a big part in childcare and that the extension of […]

Glass half empty

Wikimedia pic

I have always been drawn to a slightly doom-laden approach to life. Don’t get me wrong. I can be optimistic, but with an underlying sense of pessimism pervading. I would call this realism in the face of current global events, but I’m wondering if an optimistic approach may make life easier. Plus I fear this […]

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

generations, grandparents, children, families, family

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

Children, childcare

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, […]

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