Childcare Vouchers are done
Let's start with childcare this month and the huge news that the Government has finally confirmed its plans to end childcare vouchers, but increase the childcare support available to ALL parents. Overall there's more money available which is broadly good news whatever the naysayers would have you believe.
Eldercare and supporting carers
Meanwhile more proof that employers will need a proper working carer strategy - the latest report from the IPPR confirmed that we will require 2 million extra carers by 2022.
Shared Parental Leave is coming
And it's not straightforward. The "all you need to know" pack we put together with Hogan Lovells has now been accessed by over 2,000 HR Professionals.
If you haven't seen it yet and are still struggling to work out whether you will embrace or ignore the implications please get in touch. Even if we do say so ourselves; it's a great piece of work. Read more about the pack contents.
Going in the right direction
Meanwhile Andy Murray proved that gender is no barrier in his pursuit of sporting perfection by appointing Amelie Mauresmo as his coach.
The Women's Business Council reported that a record 14.4 million were now in employment (leaving only 2.3 million not in work who would like to!).
The Office for National Statistics told us that close to 14% of all people now work from home. And Google invested a whopping $50 million in an initiative to convince more women that coding was "cool".
All in all a good news month, other than Business in the Community's depressing stats on the lack of ethnic minorities in senior positions. Shockingly low was the conclusion...