Working Families

Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation. The charity helps working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.

The charity’s Legal Helpline gives parents and carers advice on employment rights such as maternity and paternity leave, rights to time off in an emergency, shared parental leave and parental leave, as well as helping them to negotiate the flexible hours they want. We can give basic advice on the benefits and tax credits that working parents can claim. We also give advice on maternity discrimination and pregnancy discrimination.

Its ground breaking research and campaigns seek to change the way we live and work.

To that end, Working Families also works with employers to support them in creating workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone.

Working Families aims to achieve a society in which everyone can fully meet their work and caring responsibilities. This society allows real choice in balancing the interdependent demands of family, work and community at different life stages and so enables everyone to realise their full potential.

To achieve this, it:

  1. supports and advocates for working families and working carers, especially those who are disadvantaged
  2. promotes workplace cultures which support work-life balance and flexible working for all working people
  3. works collaboratively with employers, policy makers, opinion formers and working people as a pragmatic force for change



Helpline: 0300 012 0312