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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nominations open for direct selling awards


Nominations have opened for the Direct Selling Association’s new award scheme to discover, recognise and celebrate the best of the direct selling industry in the UK. The “Stars of Direct Selling” Awards will recognise eight of the most outstanding and inspirational direct sellers in the UK. The awards will be judged by Saira Khan, runner-up […]

Businesses seeking to hire more working mums

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A fifth of businesses in the UK are planning to hire more returning mothers than they did a year ago, according to new research by global workplace provider Regus. A survey of more than 4,000 senior business people across the UK, found 81% believe that flexible working is key to attracting and retaining women workers. […]

Fifth of organisations ‘stuck in survival mode’

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A fifth of organisations are still stuck in survival mode and aren’t making the necessary investments in equipment or people to boost their productivity, according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The report, Investing in Productivity, found a further 29% of employers are failing to get the right balance […]

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