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News & EventsEVENT - Brighton Baby Expo, June 8th at the Brighton Centre. See www.brightonbabyexpo.co.uk for more details.
NEWS - 21 May 08 - New fathers 'can't afford to take time off'
Most new fathers like to spend some time at home when their babies are born. The introduction of two weeks of paid paternity leave was intended to make this easier, but the new rules are not all they were cracked up to be: not everyone qualifies for paternity pay and, even when they do, the benefit is so low that many fathers don't bother to claim.
Paternity leave for employees was introduced five years ago. It allows fathers, or the partner of a woman having a child (including same-sex partners) to take up to two weeks of paid leave after their baby is born - within 56 days after the birth. During their leave, fathers receive statutory paternity pay, which is £117.18, or 90 per cent of their average weekly earnings if this figure is lower. Employers can reclaim all or nearly all of the leave from their National Insurance contributions.
NEWS - 14 May 08 - Gvt's 'family finances' package announced.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that helping family finances was his "immediate priority" as he outlined his legislative programme for next year. The PM pledged more help for first-time buyers, a savings scheme for eight million low earners and more flexible working rights for parents.
The aim was to build a "more prosperous and fairer Britain", he said.
NEWS - 12 May 08 - Millions of working mothers will gain the right to demand flexible hours under proposals to be unveiled by Gordon Brown next week as part of the government's attempt to fight back from its disastrous local elections defeat.
The prime minister is expected to signal a significant extension in the right to request part-time and flexible working when he sets out his plans for the next Parliamentary term.
Some 6m people are covered by the right to request flexible working, including employees caring for elderly relatives and 3.6m whose children are disabled or aged under six years. An independent review commissioned by Mr Brown will recommend later in the week that millions more employees gain the statutory right to ask to work flexibly.
The review by Imelda Walsh, human resources director at J Sainsbury, the supermarket group, will recommend that the age limit of six be more than doubled, say insiders. This will give new rights to at least 2.6m parents - a figure that would rise to 4.5m if it were raised to 17. The insiders say the final figure could rise to 16 years.
EVENTS - New training courses from Women in Technology for May and June 2008:
1. Wednesday 14th May - YOU are Your Own Best Business Card - 6pm to 9pm
2. Friday 30th May - Learning to Say No: Setting Your Boundaries - 12.30pm to 4pm
3. Friday 6th June - Be the Impactful Presenter - 10am to 4pm
4. Friday 13th June - Managing Maternity for Women in IT Careers - 10am to 4.30pm
5. Wednesday 18th June - Cracking Your Strengths Code - 6pm to 9pm
6. Friday 27th June - Following Your Dreams - 12.30pm to 4pm
For more info, please contact:
Training & Events Coordinator, womenintechnology.co.uk
Direct line: 020 7422 9213
News - mother@work Awards shortlists announced
The mother@work Awards 2008 shortlists have been announced today.
mother@work editor Denise Tyler said: "The entries this year have exceeded expectations which has made it very difficult to get the nominations down to three per category. The standard was as high as ever with a record number of entries in the Mumpreneur category. We're all looking forward to the event in June at Downing Street where the winners will be announced." Visit www.motheratwork.co.uk/awards-08 to see who has been shortlisted.
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