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[ 9 Jan 2009 | No Comment ]
More maternity leave: would 5 days be enough for you?

I may return to work within a couple of months of having my baby: I work freelance, love what I do, am based at home and can set my own pace. However I certainly would not be back in the office just five days after a caesarean like French minister Rachida Dati. I believe, like some of the women writing in this Guardian opinion piece, that Dati is doing a disservice for all mums and dads. My partner works in Government and he is under quite enough pressure to remain …

maternity leave, your rights »

[ 2 Dec 2008 | One Comment ]
New employment advice for NCT enquirers

The NCT in partnership with employment law specialists Russell Jones & Walker has launched an option on the organisation’s enquiry line 0300 33 00 770 (option 5) to be transferred to Russell Jones and Walker’s helpline for potential employment rights grievance connected with your pregnancy. If your employer is giving you grief about attending antenatal appointments or is unhelpful about your right to maternity leave, give the helpline a call.

employment, your rights »

[ 8 Oct 2008 | No Comment ]

Businesses need to prepare now for flexible working changes that could see an extra 4.5 million parents asking their bosses for time off. From April 2009 the right to request flexible working is extended to parents with children up to the age of 16 after changes to the Employment Act.
Currently flexible working law allows parents with a child under six, or a disabled child under 18 or ‘carers’ to make a request for flexible working. This places a duty on employers to consider such requests seriously and only reject them for …