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Is offering enhanced maternity leave but not offering enhanced shared parental leave discriminatory?

No said some recent court decisions – read on for further details.The BackgroundShared parental leave is an incentive introduced by the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 to encourage parents to share the leave after baby is born for the purposes of caring for their child.  It replaces the former benefit available to partners of additional paternity leave.  Essentially, mothers choose to end their maternity leave, and at this point the rest of what would be maternity leave is converted to shared parental leave available for both parents to share.  Whilst shared parental leave sounds like the perfect solution the uptake by...
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Implementing a Successful Workplace Wellbeing Program

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Workplace wellbeing!!! I understand it’s difficult to start getting your head around at times with so many other important tasks and projects in your business needing attention. For those of you in charge of implementing wellbeing, it seems like a mammoth task at times. Where do you start? Do you look at financial wellbeing, physical, mental, emotional, social, family health/lifestyle? The list is never ending.Whatever you decide to focus on, I believe that it is important to have a structure to your approach so you can make the greatest impact. I know that sounds obvious but I often see it missed...
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Unconscious Bias: Check Yourself

You’re interviewing candidates for a new job. Three interview well but you finally settle on the person you think is most suited for the job: James. But looking a little closer - why do you think that person is best for the job? Is it a coincidence that you and James have the same educational background, or that you both support the same sports team? What about the fact that James was the only male candidate and the rest of the office is predominantly men – were you unconsciously seeing his gender as part of the reason he ‘suited’ the job...
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Career move? Marketing Yourself

This is a guest blog written by Sandy Cullen, a career and communications coach If, for whatever reason, you’re looking for a new role, or are simply keen to change direction, then you should start to think of it as a marketing exercise. But here you are the product; the (potential) employer is the customer.If, for whatever reason, you’re looking for a new role, or are simply keen to change direction, then you should start to think of it as a marketing exercise. But here you are the product; the (potential) employer is the customer.You need to sell yourself to them by...
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Mental Health in the Workplace: Are you taking relevant action?

It’s one of the biggest taboos of the workplace, but approximately 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year and often, it’s related to their work. In fact, studies show that work is now the most stressful factor in people’s lives and employers must take action to help tackle the issue if they want to make sure their employees are happy and productive.As many as 300,000 employees with a mental health problem will leave their job every year. For employers, this means missing out on talented individuals who have already proved themselves worthy of the job. The...
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