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[ 17 Jun 2018 | No Comment ]

So you’re going back to work. You’re sorted. Baby is sorted. Partner is sorted. What could possibly go wrong?
Despite being an organised person, there will be times when you feel that those balls will simply not stay up in the air no matter how much you juggle!
Exhaustion. Have you been up all night with a teething baby? Does your boss who has a 2pm deadline care? Probably not. Exhaustion can make clear thinking very difficult. If you are doing a job that involves working heavy machinery, this can actually be …

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[ 28 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Last week we looked at Paternity Leave, and this week, with help from the folk at Instant Offices we take a closer look at what maternity leave looks like around the world… and it might not be quite how you think.
Which Countries have the most maternity leave?



1.       SWEDEN

2.       CROATIA

(until 6 months) – rest paid by State

3.       NORWAY

4.       UK


Employer (92% refunded by public funds)

5.       SERBIA

 Which are the Best Industries for Working Mothers?
As a mother, not only do you need time off, and generous pay, but …

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[ 7 Sep 2016 | No Comment ]

Whether you’re an employee or am employer or self employed, maternity pay can seem like a headache. In fact, once you look into it it’s much less complex than you might think. Here are some tips on what you might be entitled to and how to make your maternity pay stretch too!
Here’s the best place to start: the Gov.uk site’s page on maternity. It links you to all sorts of calculators. There is statutory maternity pay, which is different to maternity allowance, and a calculator for statutory maternity leave too. …

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[ 27 Apr 2016 | No Comment ]
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A year on from the implementation of Shared Parental Leave, a new report highlights best practice in flexible working and family friendly working and shows how the most progressive organisations achieve the best results for both employee and employer. Workingmums.co.uk’s Best Practice Report 2016 underlines how good family friendly working is not just about having the right policies in place, but about creating the right culture.    The report, which is based on detailed case studies of the winners of the 2015 Workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Awards, identifies what makes a difference in family friendly working. …

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[ 15 Apr 2016 | No Comment ]

 For many companies, dealing with maternity leave issues can be a challenge, and one which employers often do not pay enough attention to. Women make up nearly 50 per cent of the workforce and a high proportion of these women will become mothers during their employment. Jane Crosby, from law firm Hart Brown outlines what employers and expectant mothers should know, when it comes to maternity leave regulations.
Key legal rights
Health and safety requirements require all businesses to take steps to protect a pregnant woman from particular risks that could harm …

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[ 10 Apr 2015 | One Comment ]

The birth of a child can be an exhilarating and life-changing experience. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the world through a brand new person’s eyes and watching your child learn and develop new skills. At the same time, however, a new baby creates all sorts of demands for juggling priorities, performing when you are deprived of sleep, and wanting to meet all your responsibilities as best you can.
For many women, rejoining the work force after maternity leave can be an overwhelming and emotional experience, particularly if the job …

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[ 17 Jan 2015 | No Comment ]

Two surveys have come out this week looking at changes to the Children and Families Act 2014 that aim to make working around an expected newborn and a newborn more flexible for parents. The first change, which came into effect on 1 October 2014, allows fathers and partners the legal right to have time off for antenatal appointments. However, according to leading employment law firm Protecting.co.uk, 45% of partners will not be taking the time off.
The reason for this negative view of the change is down to the fact that time …

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[ 20 Oct 2014 | One Comment ]

Perinatal mental health problems carry a total economic and social long-term cost to society of about £8.1 billion for each year of births in the UK, according to a new report ‘The costs of perinatal mental health problems’ released today by the London School of Economics and Centre for Mental Health.[i] The NHS would need to spend just £337 million a year[ii] to bring perinatal mental health care up to the level recommended in national guidance.[iii]
The report is part of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s ‘Everyone’s Business’ campaign (www.everyonesbusiness.org.uk),  which calls …

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[ 17 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]

Some 44% of working mums would consider sharing their maternity leave with their partner, according to Workingmums.co.uk annual survey. The number of women who would consider sharing their leave when the new shared parenting legislation comes in next year has risen by 3% since last year and may in part be due to a rising number of women who are the main breadwinners in their families – over 17% of women who were living with a partner say they are the main breadwinner and only in a small number of …

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[ 16 Oct 2013 | No Comment ]

The Valuing Maternity campaign reports, “We are delighted that our campaigning has paid off.  The UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has concluded that the Government needs to take action on pregnancy discrimination at work.  In their Concluding Observations, the CEDAW Committee expressed concern at reports of persistent discrimination of pregnant women in employment and their access to justice.

“They recommended that the UK Government ensure women’s access to justice in employment cases, including in cases related to discrimination on grounds of pregnancy and motherhood.  Read our blog for …