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Employers and Work-life Balance – News Archive November 2005

25 November 2005

Men and women’s lives are becoming more alike
Equal Opportunities Commission, 23 November 2005
New polling by ICM Research for the EOC shows that 62% are concerned about spending enough time with their family and 69% say that women and men’s lives are becoming more alike in their struggle to balance work and home.

Printing sector launches UK’s first partnering at work agreement
People Management, 24 November 2005
The UK’s first industry-wide Partnership at Work Agreement and Code of Practice has been launched in the printing sector covering a number of areas, including flexible working, sick pay, information and consultation and training.

Dads think time off for babies is bad for their careers
Personnel Today, 24 November 2005
A survey by manufacturer SMA Nutrition of 545 men and 1,000 women, has found that men and women struggle to balance work and home life after the birth of a child with many working fathers believing that spending more time with their baby is a career killer and not financially viable.

18 November 2005

Tribunal victory establishes employers must provide a robust defence for unequal pay
Equal Opportunities Commission, 11 November 2005
A case supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has established that where companies are paying men and women differently for equal work they must always provide a robust defence, in legal terms, an "objective justification", for their actions. 

People want flexible working, but most can’t get it, says TUC
TUC, 17 November 2005
Almost one in ten employees in the UK (2.3 million people) would like to work fewer hours, even if this meant taking home less money each month, according to a report published by the TUC. However, more than half a million workers who have asked for a shorter working week have had their requests turned down by their employers

Employers rejecting new fathers’ requests for paternity leave
Citizens Advice, 17 November 2005
A report by Citizens Advice, entitled Hard Labour, has found many fathers are losing their right to paid paternity leave because they do not realise they have to request it 15 weeks in advance. Citizens Advice has called for the government to reduce the notice period.

Slow start for flexible working
Financial Times News Digest, 18 November 2005
Flexible working has not taken off in the public sector despite high demand and the technology to adopt it, according to research by YouGov, the online pollster for NTL Business

11 November 2005

Providers fear unfair competition on childcare
Financial Times, 9 November 2005

Private nursery providers have warned that the government must go further to protect childcare businesses from unfair competition from local authorities if it is to achieve its goal of helping more parents back to work, according to Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association. For more information, see the National Day Nurseries Association website..

Women shun nine-to-five working
People Management, 4 November 2005

Looking for flexibility in their careers, a survey of 1,000 workers and 500 employers by HR consultancy Hudson has found that a quarter of female professionals expect to be working part-time in five years and 14 per cent want to run their own business.

Workers in London to work their proper hours on Friday 24 February 2006
TUC, 3 November 2005

SERTUC, the regional TUC for London, has announced ‘Work Your Proper Hours Day’ 2006, when people who work overtime are encouraged to work their proper hours to remind employers how much they rely on the goodwill and voluntary extra work of their staff. For more information, see the Work your proper hours day website

4 November 2005

The couples too busy to talk anymore
The Daily Telegraph. Friday 28 Oct
Research, The Home Report, for the At Home Society, has found that working long hours means only a quarter of British couples get home early enough in the evening to see their partner twice a week.

Smart bosses see its time to change
Mail on Sunday. 30 October 2005
Research conducted for Working Families, a charity which aims to improve work-life balance, has found a link between flexible working and increased productivity and financial gains.

We’ll binge work to get time off
Metro. 31 October 2005

A study of 1,000 workers by Standard Life Bank and the Future Laboratory has found that more people would indulge in ‘binge working’ in return for an equal amount of time off.

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