Starting a family should be a happy and joyful time, however, this life-changing event can be made stressful if your employer isn’t supportive.
Parents and other individuals who are responsible for caring for dependants whilst working have a number of legal protections.
Family friendly rights have developed over recent years, and are no longer centred entirely on mothers and rights relating to pregnancy and maternity leave. More fathers than ever are taking on caring responsibilities for their children, and more same sex couples are having children, and more couples are adopting or using the surrogacy route, thus increasing the importance of family friendly rights. Ethical employers see the benefit in having family friendly policies, which promote employee well being, resulting in happier families, greater employee satisfaction and talent retention.