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LSE shortlisted for Special Award in this year's Top Employers for Working Families

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has reached the finals of the Top Employers for Working Families awards and is shortlisted in the Best for Fathers category.

work-lifeLSE has been shortlisted for various policies, including:

  • Policies for fathers which aim at making it culturally unremarkable for fathers to be involved in caring for their children.
  • Paternity pay is paid at full salary, and the leave is flexible: fathers can even take it off before the birth if they wish. It can also be split into as many blocks as required.
  • Enhanced communications aimed specifically at fathers and a fathers' mentoring programme are planned, as well as a series of presentations on issues important for new fathers which will also be open to the partners of female employees at LSE

The Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Special Awards, sponsored by Computershare Voucher Services, recognise organisations across the UK who do the most to support their working parents and carers. Founded by the work-life charity, Working Families, the awards have been designed to recognise innovation and creative thinking in designing family-friendly policies. They also spread the word on best practice and encourage pioneering approaches to improving working lives and building business success.   One of six categories, the Best for Fathers Award will be awarded to the employer who has developed the best initiatives for working fathers.

Barbara Bush, LSE HR director, said: "We are delighted to have reached the finals of the Best for Fathers Award. Parents who are well-supported at work are more likely to be productive and committed employees and our new events for fathers and fathers-to-be aim to build on the success of our existing policies, which led to us appearing in the Top Thirty Employers for Working Families in 2010. The events will offer advice on how best to manage the joy and anxiety of being a father and will also be open to non LSE-employed partners of female staff, as this support should ultimately benefit both parents. We are also aiming to offer mentoring for fathers employed at the School over a 12-month period, to provide more personal support to new parents and to 'grow' mentors for future parents. "

Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Working Families said: "It's inspiring to read how the Top Employers for Working Families finalists are developing workplace policies to support people who need to balance work and home responsibilities. Our research shows that employers who support their staff's work-life balance by offering flexible and family-friendly working will benefit from a committed and loyal workforce".

The winners of the Awards and the Top 10 and Top 30 A-Z lists of Top Employers for Working Families will be announced on Monday 26th September at the launch event for National Work-Life Week.

For more information go to:http://www.topemployersforworkingfamilies.org.uk


Contact: Liz Whitehead, Working Families Press Office on 020 7253 7243 or email press@workingfamilies.org.uk

Jess Winterstein, LSE Press Office, 020 7107 5025, j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk 


About Working Families

Working Families is the UK's leading work-life organisation.  The charity supports and gives a voice to working parents and carers, whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone.

The Working Families Freephone helpline for parents, carers and their advisers gives advice on employment rights and benefits.   Call Freephone 0800 013 0313, text 07800 00 4722 or email advice@workingfamilies.org.uk www.workingfamilies.org.uk

About Computershare Voucher Services Limited

Computershare Voucher Services Limited (CVS) is the UK's largest dedicated childcare voucher provider responsible for the administration, management and development of childcare vouchers, an employee benefit available to all eligible working parents. Founded in 1998, CVS has vast experience of the childcare vouchers industry, reinforced by significant technology enhancements which benefit its diverse customer base, spanning every sector, from some of the UK's largest corporations to SMEs. CVS currently works with over 100,000 working parents, more than 12,000 organisations and over 45,000 carers each month. CVS is also a founder member of the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA), the industry body launched in March 2011 to represent childcare voucher providers and promote best practice within the sector. For more information visit: www.computersharevoucherservices.com

7 September 2011