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What are my maternity and paternity rights ?

What Are My Maternity / Paternity Rights ? Your rights as an expectant mum (or dad!) can be more than a little confusing. We’ve aimed to simplify it for you by breaking it down into the key things you need to know.  What is maternity leave? Your rights on leaveYou’re...

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Can You Negotiate Maternity Pay ?

Can You Negotiate Maternity Pay ?Having a baby is a wonderful but stressful time too, especially when it comes to family finances. Maternity pay often represents a large drop in income, right at the time when every penny is needed for the new arrival, so its worth...

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Honest: How to manage IVF and work – Jaz Rabadia

Honest: How to manage IVF and work - Jaz Rabadia We were so fortunate to be able to talk to Jaz Rabadia MBE about her infertility experiences and challenging journey to motherhood. She gave us an open and honest insight into her journey which consisted of years of...

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How Much Does It Cost To Have a Baby ?

How Much Does It Cost To Have A Baby ? The cost of a baby can be hard to quantify when thinking about starting a family. For many, having a baby means a significant drop in income and an increase in outgoings, which can put an incredible financial strain on just about...

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Mothers and The Pension Gap

Mothers Are Losing Out On Their Pension: Mothers and The Pension Gap According to recent figures released by PensionBee, women over 45 have on average stashed away a pension pot which is a huge 22% less than their male counterparts. This backs up recent IFS research...

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How To Request Flexible Working and Sell the Benefits

How To Request Flexible Working and Sell The BenefitsFlexible working essentially means any change to your usual work patterns. This could be things like changing from full-time to part-time work, adjusting your shifts or working your same hours but over fewer days....

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How NOT to Request Flexible Working

How NOT to request flexible working  Asking for flexible working can be rather nerve wracking at the best of times. But with a little bit of planning, and by avoiding the main pitfalls, you’ll give yourself the best chance of negotiating the working days/hours you...

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7 of The Best Companies For Parents and Mums-To-Be

7 of The Best Companies For Parents and Mums-To-BeWhen you're expecting a little one there are plenty of things to consider, not least how you’ll cope with work and the extra demands on your money. So we've compiled a list of the best companies for parents and...

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In The Know: Our Guide To Shared Parental Leave

In The Know: Our Guide To Shared Parental LeaveShared Parental Leave (SPL) means that eligible parents and adopters can decide themselves how to share time off work once a baby comes along. With SPL you’re able to work for part of the time, take time off, then resume...

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Everything You Need To Know About Paternity Leave

Everything You Need To Know About Paternity Leave What is paternity leave? When you take time off because your spouse/partner is having a baby (either naturally, via adoption, or through a surrogacy agreement) you may be entitled to a certain amount of time off work,...

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When And How To Tell Your Boss You’re Pregnant

When And How To Tell My Employer I’m Pregnant Finding out you're pregnant is an exciting time, and telling everyone is something to be treasured. But after you’ve let your parents, siblings and friends in on the big news, the next step is to tell your employer. Here...

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Tips For Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

Tips For Returning To Work After Maternity Leave With around 30% of women leaving their jobs within two years of going back after maternity leave, it’s clear that returning to work after maternity leave is a rocky road. It brings about all sorts of emotions for many...

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Top Tips To Boost Income During Maternity Leave

Top Tips To Boost Your Income During Maternity Leave Maternity leave. Exciting and nerve wracking, it’s a magical time but sadly one which doesn’t come cheap. With a reduced income especially on statutory maternity pay and plenty of things to buy for your new arrival,...

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15 Things About Statutory Maternity Pay You Need To Know

15 Things you need to know about Statutory Maternity Pay All you need to know about Statutory Maternity Pay to make sure that you don't miss out on a single penny… 1. What is SMP it in simple terms? Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is the legal minimum your company has...

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