New web tool helps you negotiate flexible working

A new web tool designed to help working parents and managers negotiate the right flexible working for them has been launched. Plus more news.

A new interactive web tool which helps senior employees and their employees to be more flexible is launched this week.
Work Re-tune contains two “views” - one for employees and one for managers. They include advice on negotiating and implementing flexible working, the legal position and case studies of how different forms of flexible working work. Depending on whether you are a manager or an employee, you answer a series of questions which help you to figure out what would work for you in terms of flexible working and to go through any concerns you might have around this issue. 
Work Re-tune, designed by Working Familes and Sapphire Partners, is free and goes live on Wednesday at

Executive dads lead the way

Fathers at the top of business are beginning to lead the way on work life balance by choosing to work more flexibly, according to a US survey.
The survey by Adecco found that a growing number of top executives are benefiting from modern technology with 81% working late into the evening from home in order to be able to spend time with their children earlier on in the night.

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Fathers ‘need better paternity pay deal’

Fathers need earnings related paternity pay, a leading trade unionist said this week.
Speaking at a Daycare Trust seminar attended by John Hutton, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Kay Carberry of the TUC said that fathers could not afford to take paternity leave now “at the rate at which it is remunerated”.

Hutton was also challenged by Daycare Trust Joint Chief Executive Alison Garnham on whether parental leave should be paid. He said that this might be possible in the future if a consensus was reached with businesses, Government, unions and others involved, but he did not think the time was right now.
The seminar was held on 13th June.

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