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This page contains links to organisations that provide information about work-life balance or assistance with implementation. Neither EfWLB nor The Work Foundation takes any responsibility for information published on external sites. View the links by alphabetical listing or select from the ‘Topic menu’ below.

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ACAS

www.acas.org.uk
Employment relations service offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.

 

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Business Link

http://www.businesslink.gov.uk
Straightforward information for business needs, including information on legislation, with links to a wide network of business support organisations.

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Career at Home
www.careerathome.co.uk/home.htm
Reference site about working for yourself at home, includes features and practical advice.

Carers UK
www.carersonline.org.uk
Practical information for carers and those supporting them, including employers.

Centre for Work and Family (The)
www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/csom/cwf/center/default.html
Part of the Boston College Carroll School of Management, the Centre publishes specialist work-life publications.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
www.cipd.co.uk
Membership body for personnel professionals producing best practice guidelines for a range of HR issues.

Childminding Association
www.ncma.org.uk
Promotes quality registered childminding for children, families and communities.

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Daycare Trust
www.daycaretrust.org.uk
National childcare charity that promotes high quality affordable childcare for all.

Disability Rights Commission
www.drc.org.uk
An independent body, established by Act of Parliament to eliminate discrimination against disabled people and promote equality of opportunity.

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EAPA
www.eapa.org.uk
Professional association for EAP providers, purchasers, counsellors, consultants and trainers.

Electronic Clearing House Children, Youth and Family
www.cyfc.umn.edu
Information on children, family and work/family issues from the University of Minnesota. Contains links to newsgroups.

Employers for Childcare
www.employersforchildcare.org
Employers For Childcare is a registered charity and not-for-profit organization, set up to assist working parents by encouraging businesses to invest in employer supported childcare. Our range of innovative services can help all working parents, male and female balance work and family commitments.

Employers’ Forum on Disability (The)
www.employers-forum.co.uk/
Employers’ organisation focused on the issue of disability in the workplace. It works closely with the government and other stakeholders, sharing best practice to make it easier to employ disabled people and serve disabled customers.

Equal Opportunities Commission
www.eoc.org.uk/
Gender statistics for the UK workplace as well as information on legislation, the Equal Pay Task Force and EOC publications.
http://www.eoc.org.uk/EOCeng/EOCcs/AboutEOC/equality_exchange_england.asp
The EOC’s Equality Exchange provides information and guidance to employers on sex equality issues and a confidential network for employers, to develop and share equality practices.

ESRC
www.lse.ac.uk/collections/worklife
Series of seminars to explore contemporary ideas about the new economy, the implications of work, life and the management of time.

European Industrial Relations Observatory Online
www.eiro.eurofound.eu.int/
Part of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working conditions, this site provides information on policy developments and research across the European Union and comparative information with the US and Japan.

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Families and Work Institute
www.familiesandwork.org
A non-profit organisation that publishes the National Study of the Changing Workforce, a five-yearly survey of American workers. It also provides consultancy on the design and implementation of work-life solutions. The Institute also works with employers, states and communities on issues related to male involvement in the lives of children.

Federation of Small Businesses
www.fsb.org.uk
Lobbying and benefits organisation for small businesses.

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Gingerbread
www.gingerbread.org.uk
Gingerbread is the leading support organisation for lone parent families in England and Wales. Site contains information about support for lone parent families.

Great Place to Work Europe
http://www.eu100best.org/
Information on 100 workplaces that have created especially good workplace environments.

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Inland Revenue
www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk
Information on Child Tax Credit & Working Tax Credit.

International Longevity Centre-UK
www.ilcuk.org.uk
Registered charity established to explore and address the longevity revolution and its impact on the life-course. It provides the visionary approach needed for individual and societal planning to ensure a progressive, economically viable and socially inclusive tomorrow for all.

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Kids’ Club Network
www.kidsclubs.org/
National campaigning charity that promotes and supports childcare and is an acknowledged authority in the out of school field.

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Office for National Statistics
www.statistics.gov.uk/
Selected demographic information from the Labour Force Survey and other ONS surveys.

Opportunity Now
www.opportunitynow.org.uk
Business-led campaign that works with employers to realise the economic potential and business benefits that women at all levels contribute to the workforce.

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Parents at Work
www.parentsatwork.org.uk
Organisation providing information for working parents and their employers on employment rights, childcare and flexible working. Ir runs the Employer of the Year and Britain’s Best Boss annual awards and publishes research, such as: Working & Caring in London 2002 and Quality of Life in the City (of London).

Personnel Today
www.personneltoday.co.uk
Online version of Personnel Today with free archive of articles and information on employment related legislation.

Princess Royal Trust for Carers (The)
www.carers.org/
National charity that aims to make life easier for carers to cope by providing information, support and practical help. Runs “Carers Speak Out”, a project that publishes qualitative research all types of carers in the UK. Website contains a reading list on caring.

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Regard
www.regard.ac.uk/
A database of social science research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Research from public and private sectors on subjects such as long-hours culture, flexible working and skills shortages. Abstracts are available along with publication details of the full research.

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Sloan Work and Family Research Network
http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/wfnetwork/
Research network, based at Boston College, which aims to support academics, researchers, business organisations, policy analysts and those interested in work and families, by providing resources, research and building on existing knowledge. Affiliates gain access to monthly email update and a resources database.

Small Business Service
www.sbs.gov.uk
Aimed at researchers, the media, policy advisers and students, this site aims to provide a comprehensive service to small and medium sized enterprises.

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TCA
www.tca.org.uk
Europe’s largest organisation dedicated to teleworking with a membership of over 2,000 individuals and organisations. Provides practical advice for both individuals and businesses on how to approach teleworking – information on technology and case studies. Produces a bi-monthly magazine called “Teleworker”.

The Centre for Work and Family
www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/csom/cwf/center/default.html
Part of the Boston College Carroll School of Management, the Centre publishes specialist work-life publications.

The Employers’ Forum on Disability
www.employers-forum.co.uk/
Employers’ organisation focused on the issue of disability in the workplace. It works closely with government and other stakeholders, sharing best practice to make it easier to employ disabled people and serve disabled customers.

The Observer
http://observer.guardian.co.uk
Weekly Sunday newspaper which has just done a special report on how the UK is spending its time.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
www.carers.org
National charity that aims to make life easier for carers to cope by providing information, support and practical help. Run “Carers Speak Out”, a project that publishes qualitative research all types of carers in the UK. Website contains a reading list on caring.

The Work Foundation
www.theworkfoundation.com
The Work Foundation, formerly The Industrial Society, combines leading-edge analysis of the modern workplace with practical experience of what inspiring and successful businesses and public sector organisations look like today. It runs the EfWLB site.

Third Age Employment Network
www.taen.org.uk
The Network works for better opportunities for mature people to continue to learn, work and earn for as long as they want, or need, to do so.

TUC
www.tuc.org.uk/changingtimes
Britain’s largest voluntary organisation, the TUC campaigns for social change. It has led a number of work-life projects including “Time of Our Lives” which aimed to link better provision of services for customers with improved choice and control over working hours. Produces best practice for organisations in the public and voluntary sector. A free fortnightly email round-up of news, resources, and case studies on changing times at work is available on the website.

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Work & Family Inc
www.workfamily.com
A global clearinghouse for work-life professionals. Produces monthly work-life news and trend digests. Subscribers have access to the searchable10 year archive of global work-life news. Includes lots of free information including “Tip of the Month”.

Working Balance
www.workingbalance.co.uk
Looking at people management in the civil service, including work-life balance and HR issues across the UK public sector (civil service, local government, NHS and MoD).

Working Woman Magazine
www.workingwoman.com
Formerly called Working Mother Magazine. The results of their annual “Employer of the Year Award” are published online.

Work Life Balance Centre
www.worklifebalancecentre.org
A virtual resource that aims to raise awareness and promote discussion of work-life balance issues, promote and disseminate best practice in achieving work-life balance and conduct research into working practices and issues. In partnership with Keele University it is currently undertaking research into the effects of over-working: http://www.24-7survey.co.uk

Work Smart
http://www.worksmart.org.uk/
The TUC’s guide to how individuals can get the best out of work, including information on employee rights at work, keeping well at work and pensions.

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