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
Downloadable resources (listed by document type)
01 May 2015
10 March 2015
11 February 2015
28 January 2015
27 January 2015
28 November 2014
29 April 2013
18 April 2013
22 March 2013
22 March 2013
15 July 2011
07 June 2010
12 March 2010
30 October 2009
21 January 2009
15 October 2008
06 October 2008
01 August 2006
01 July 2006
11 April 2005