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Massive surge in employers offering extended parental leave in job ads

The number of jobs offering generous and extended parental leave has increased by 201% in the past three years, according to data released by the world’s largest job site Indeed. While employers are legally obliged to give new parents paid leave, an ever-increasing number of job descriptions mention staff benefits over and above the statutory minimum. The research also reveals that more companies are taking a holistic approach to parental leave, with the number of job postings mentioning shared parental leave rising 206% over the same time period. Major UK retailers such as Boots, Vodafone and DFS are among those offering enhanced parental leave benefits to staff.

Contributor: Paul Wolfe, Head of HR - Indeed | Published: 12 July 2021

Supermarket chain launches pregnancy loss policy to support bereavement

Co-op has today (Friday 25th June) announced the launch of its dedicated pregnancy loss policy, created to support colleagues through the bereavement and grief of a pregnancy loss – which includes, but is not limited to, miscarriage, stillbirth, embryo transfer loss, molar pregnancy and termination of pregnancy (for any reason). 

Contributor: Shirine Khoury-Haq, Chief Financial Officer and CEO of Life Services - Co-op | Published: 27 June 2021

Lottery of returning to work post maternity leave

Notwithstanding seemingly robust HR policies, for too many returners the experience of combining work and family remains a lottery. There is work to be done to change the narrative and encourage employers to see support (e.g. coaching, mentoring, networks line manager training) as an investment in returning talent.

Contributor: Nicki Seignot and Jane Moffett | Published: 19 February 2020

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The rise of the “Familymoon” drives interest in Shared Parental Leave

The ‘familymoon’, an extended holiday of two weeks or more taken by new parents with their baby, is growing in popularity. Over a third (34 percent) of those surveyed say they’ve taken a ‘familymoon’1. A fifth (20 percent) would use their Shared Parental Leave to go travelling as a new family.

Contributor: Carolina Vicente | Published: 21 October 2018