Second episode of podcast focuses on flexible working rights

The second episode of the Mums.Dads.Work podcast focuses on flexible working rights and mental health.

Mental health of parents and their children and flexible working rights are the subject of the new episode of the Mums.Dads.Work podcast out today.

The podcast is the second in the second series. The new series features a number of expert speakers. This episode Tabytha Cunningham and Charlotte Farrell from Paris Smith LLP talk about all things flexible working.

The two lawyers do a job share and speak about how that came about and how they have made it work. They also speak about current flexible working legislation and how it is changing next year, particularly in relation to the number of requests that can be made a year, the consultation process and the length of time for considering a request.

They are also asked about the impact of Covid on employers’ openness to flexible working requests and about the possibility of a backlash about remote and hybrid working.

The rest of the podcast deals with mental health. With World Mental Health Day taking place this week, hosts Ben Falk and Mandy Garner talked about recent research on mental health and parents, drawing attention to the demand for mental health support from employers and how important that is becoming in terms of a retention tool. They spoke too about how parents are increasingly balancing the mental health needs of their children post Covid alongside their work responsibilities and the need for parents to look out from their own wellbeing in order to be able to help their children.

The last part of the podcast is about books by working parents. Falk mentioned the lack of books by dads and spoke about a new book by a dad of children with special needs. Garner spoke about workingmums’ summer book club series and about books dealing with a range of subjects from middle aged women to the origin of words about women, from periods to maternity to working mums.

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