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News & EventsNEWS - 21 March 07 - Men must do more in the family, says Cherie.
Men must play a greater role as fathers and carers of elderly parents, Cherie Blair will say today.
The Prime Minister's wife will criticise those who still expect working wives to fill the fridge, buy presents for the children and sort out a broken boiler.
At a time when most mothers have paid jobs, Mrs Blair calls for more state intervention to enable men to take on child care duties as well as their share of responsibility for ageing parents.
She says it is unjust that the victims of the "sandwich generation" in their 40s and early 50s, so called because they are caught between the demands of work and caring for older and younger family members, are mostly women.
Society must work out a way to remove the "glass ceiling" in the home which leaves women doing it all, she says.
Feature - 20 March 07. The single mum divide. There's nothing like the school run to bring into sharp relief the roles that we cut out for ourselves in life. I like the domestic clarity of it, reminding me of a 21st-century pack of Happy Families, spread out against the green baize of the school playing field. www.dailymail.co.uk
NEWS - 25th Feb 07 - BRITAIN’S new equality chief has warned that mothers face more discrimination in work than any other group, including the disabled and the poorest ethnic minorities.
Trevor Phillips, in his first big policy announcement, is expected to propose sweeping “family friendly” laws and practices.
He supports the introduction of “annualised hours contracts”, allowing women to take entire weeks off work, if they make up the hours during the rest of the year. His report also recommends much wider use of job-sharing and childcare facilities.
The proposals are likely to anger business chiefs who fear such changes would undermine their competitiveness by imposing extra red tape and expensive employee rights.
More at: www.timesonline.co.uk
NEWS - 1st feb 07 - PARENTS ‘TREATED DIFFERENTLY’ IN THE WORKPLACE
Parents are unable to stay at home with their children because they need the money, according to new research released today.
The survey of 1,000 parents by webzine mother@work to encourage nominations for the mother@work Awards, reveals that for nearly two thirds (62%) of parents the decision to return to work is purely financial. Just 13% chose to return to work because they love their job.
The research also reveals that once back at work, the majority of parents (85%) do not feel they are treated the same as colleagues without children. A small percentage (9%) admitted that they have experienced hostility or resentment from co-workers, and 7% that they have been passed over for promotion or are not offered overtime.
Despite an extension of maternity and flexible rights for parents coming into force in April, three quarters of parents (76%) admitted that they are not aware of their new rights or do not understand how the legislation will affect them. And while a third of respondents (30%) think that the legislation is fit for purpose, 57% argue that it is a step in the right direction but the government does not do enough to support working parents.
When asked if they have ever qualified for and requested to work flexible hours 12% of respondents admitted that they were not aware they could make this request. Half of those respondents who qualify for this legislation (51%) had been granted their request to work flexibly, however one in ten (11%) revealed that their request was declined by their employer.
Denise Tyler, founder of mother@work, says, ‘The results make fairly grim reading – parents are under pressure to return to work for monetary reasons and in some cases face a hostile environment. But help is out there and forward thinking employers are keen to work with parents to find ways that they can work smarter not harder. Parents need to be having adult conversations with their employers around how they can best make this happen.’
The mother@work awards ceremony will be held on 13 June at the prestigious City Hall in London, and will be hosted by Sarah Brown and Arabella Weir. Awards will be presented in the following categories; employer of the future, best people manager, best mumpreneur, exceptional working mother and best family support.
To find out how to enter the Awards and set the nation an exmaple of how it can be done, click here
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