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Campaigning for work-life balance

We want all members to have the opportunity to develop and achieve in their working lives whilst successfully balancing home and work, and we have made formal submissions to the government setting out our policies on work and parents.

We have identified the following three priorities:

  • Enhanced maternity leave and paternity/maternity support leave with pay, enabling parents to spend valuable time with their baby. This would benefit the health and well-being of parents as well as their babies

  • Rights for both parents and carers to work reduced or flexible hours, encouraging a balance between home and work responsibilities. This should be a statutory right, since it has been shown that voluntary practices do not work.

  • Paid parental leave and its flexible implementation, also allowing parents to balance home and work responsibilities.

Prospect has produced guidance  for negotiators and representatives  on the alternative working patterns available  which contribute to good worklife balance policies, including  good practice  checklists and examples of where  the policies work well.

We have also produced guidance on the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees.  All employees now  have the right to request flexible working  -  whether this is a change in working hours, working patterns or their work location -  for any reason at all, not just caring responsibilities.

Prospect has produced guidance on childcare vouchers and salary sacrifice schemes - see the resources below. 

Advice is available on negotiating good quality childcare at your workplace, members and reps should log-in to download a copy.


Equality briefings, resources and digests

Equality Briefings provide advice and guidance on a range of equalities issues and a Briefing has been produced with links to Prospect's resources for equality, including our guides, posters and leaflets etc. Equality Digests alert representatives and members of equality networks to recent circulars, newsletters, email alerts, events etc. If the latest Digest is not highlighted in the downloadable resources underneath, click on the link below

Resources for Equality

Equality Digests