Working Families

Legal Advice Service -empowering working parents

It provides free advice on employment rights to 2,500 working people per year, nearly 3/4 of whom are on low income. It gives parents and carers the understanding that it is possible to balance work and caring for loved ones, and arms them with the knowledge and expertise to make it happen

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1099808)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£35,000

Amount raised

£55,310

Donations

26

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

Situation

Negative workplace cultures and indequate legislation mean many people are making needless sacrifices to balance work and life: - 54,000 new and expectant mothers are treated so badly at work that they give up their jobs - Parents aren’t consulted when working hours are changed, unravelling carefully balanced childcare arrangements that they rely on - Fathers who would like to play an active part at home aren’t allowed to work flexibly, and regret all that they’ve missed

Solution

The Legal Advice Service gives free, expert, specialist advice on employment rights. "Working Families gave me excellent, practical advice and I felt empowered...I have been able to negotiate with my employer...I can come back to work, afford childcare and still spend a decent amount of time with my baby during the week. Without your advice and help I really doubt I would be in this position now.” In 2019, our 40th year, we will influence policy makers to improve rights for those in work.

  • I was having problems organising flexible working after maternity leave. You gave me excellent, practical advice; I felt empowered. I was able to negotiate a work pattern whereby I can work, afford childcare and still enjoy my baby during the week. Without your advice I wouldn‚Äôt be in this position.

    — A mother who contacted our Legal Advice Service in April, after experiencing problems trying to organise flexible working after maternity leave

  • Thank you for such an informative response, and you‚Äôve fully addressed all my concerns. My employer, based on my evidence, has today assured me the error is theirs and my leave request was legitimate and valid. So relieved!

    — A father whose employer was ‚Äì wrongly ‚Äì refusing to grant shared parental leave so that he could be off at the same time as his new baby‚Äôs mother

  • It was a real pleasure to audit such a conscientious organisation with an obvious passion and commitment to their service users, the essential work they carry out and their input into campaigning and lobbying for changes to employment law.

    — Advice Quality Standard assessor, December 2015

  • Thank you for such an informative response, and you’ve fully addressed all my concerns. My employer, based on my evidence, has today assured me the error is theirs and my leave request was legitimate and valid. So relieved!

    — A father whose employer was – wrongly – refusing to grant shared parental leave so that he could be off at the same time as his new baby’s mother

  • I was having problems organising flexible working after maternity leave. You gave me excellent, practical advice; I felt empowered. I was able to negotiate a work pattern whereby I can work, afford childcare and still enjoy my baby during the week. Without your advice I wouldn’t be in this position.

    — A mother who contacted our Legal Advice Service in April, after experiencing problems trying to organise flexible working after maternity leave

  • It was a real pleasure to audit such a conscientious organisation with an obvious passion and commitment to their service users, the essential work they carry out and their input into campaigning and lobbying for changes to employment law.

    — Advice Quality Standard assessor, December 2015