News & events
In Autumn 2021 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy launched a consultation on a series of proposals to make flexible working the default employment position.
Working Families, in partnership with Arnold Clark, are looking to find 2022’s leading employers, who are working to create outstanding flexible and employee-friendly workplaces. Entries are open to organisations of all sizes and sectors, via the Working Families website.
The Flexible Working Taskforce launches new employer guidance on hybrid working to promote best practice
Members of the Flexible Working Taskforce, including Working Families, have published new practical guidance to help employers develop fair and sustainable hybrid working practices.
Under government proposals, British workers will be able to request the right to work flexibly from their first day in a job, instead of after six months, which is the current rule – but researchers say this doesn’t go far enough, and that all jobs should be designed and advertised as flexible unless there is a strong business case for not doing so.
2 in 5 working mothers feel they are held back from promotion, but many parents and carers say pandemic has improved workplace culture
New polling, carried out to mark the start of National Work Life Week (Oct 11–15), shows a wide gulf in how parents and carers are managing to balance their work and home lives as we come out of the pandemic. Outdated cultures and practices still hold sway in many workplaces around the UK.
Working Families has announced its annual list of the top ‘family-friendly’ employers in the UK. Now in its twelfth year, employers large and small from across the public, private, and third sectors compete annually to gain a coveted place on the charity’s list of Top Employers for Working Families.
We are really pleased to announce Helen Humphreys as our new Chair. She officially takes over as Chair on 1 September after her appointment was confirmed at a meeting of the Board on 29 July.
Today, Tulip Siddiq MP made the case to parliament that we need to bring in new laws to encourage all employers to design and advertise jobs as flexible. We are really pleased to see that her speech (officially called a ‘Ten Minute Rule Motion’) got support from MPs from across political parties, and that a Bill to make this idea law will now move forward in the House of Commons.
Working Families has today welcomed a judgement from the Employment Appeal Tribunal, which makes clear that all future cases can take it as fact that women are more likely to suffer a disadvantage as a result of childcare responsibilities than men.
As we look ahead to the prospect of final restrictions being lifted and more workplaces opening up, a new briefing for Working Families’ #FlexTheUK campaign, partnered by Wates Group, shows concern from many parents about a backward slide to less flexible work, and a desire to keep the positive changes that the pandemic has brought for their family life.
Work-life balance charity Working Families has announced the winners of the 2021 Best Practice Awards. The awards celebrate employers whose stand-out cultures and working practices are leading the way in flexible and employee-friendly workplaces.
We are disappointed to see that the Government's Employment Bill seems to have fallen off the legislative agenda in todays Queens Speech.