Life After Maternity Leave

Why is the take up of shared parental leave so low?

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Flexible working, Family Friendly Companies, Career
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Shared Parental Leave (or SPL) was introduced by the UK government in April 2015 and was set to dramatically change the legal landscape so that caring for children became a joint responsibility rather than one exclusively assigned to mothers. A framework that allowed women to return to the workplace more quickly, without compromisin...

L’Oreal, a family friendly firm

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Flexible working, Family, Children
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Attracting and retaining skilled employees is key to the growth of any business, especially in these tough times. Since most companies are not in a position to keep increasing salaries, they regard flexible and voluntary benefits as an alternative way to keep their employees interested and loyal. It used to be the case that lifestyl...

Flexible Fathers

by ParentalChoice
in Children
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We have noticed a definite change in the last couple of years:  dads are becoming more and more involved in parenting responsibilities, even making changes to their working roles or patterns.  Indeed, we have been seeing more examples of informal flexibility amongst dads, who are keen to gain a better mix of working and parentin...

Maternity Nurses

by ParentalChoice
in Family, Children
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As a new mother it’s often quite disheartening to see celebrity mums or corporate heavy hitters back on their feet and running their lives  only a couple of weeks after giving birth. Like me, you must wonder how they do it. Well one possibility is that they have hired a maternity nurse. Differing from a nanny ...

Life after Maternity, Part 2…

by ParentalChoice
in Flexible working, Childcare
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Nicola Semple is back with part 2 of her “Life after Maternity” series   Nicola Semple is the owner of Life After Maternity Leave, a service dedicated to supporting new or ‘new again’ parents as they make decisions about their life ‘after maternity leave’.  Whether that be returning to work after maternity ...