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National Assembly joins leading FTSE 100 companies in top 10 family-friendly places to work

27 September 2012

The National Assembly for Wales’s commitment to providing a family-friendly working environment has been recognised with a prestigious award.

For Wales’s law-making body is the only Welsh organisation that has been named in the top 10 UK employers by the Top Employers for Working Families organisation (TEWF).

The TEWF is an industry-recognised bench marker for good practice when it comes to providing a working environment that allows for a positive work/life balance.

It means the Assembly joins FTSE 100 companies such as Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland amongst Britain’s elite in this particular field.

“I’m a great believer in the idea that a happy workforce is and effective and creative workforce,” said the National Assembly for Wales’s Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler AM.

“The National Assembly for Wales understands that flexibility enables employees to deliver high performance at work as well as balancing their changing family commitments.

“It is important to help working people in Wales achieve an appropriate balance between work and the other areas of their lives. This commitment is demonstrated by the wide range of options and policies developed by the National Assembly for Wales to support this.

“That’s why I am delighted to congratulate everyone involved on the recognition they have received for their excellent work and for developing policies in line with best practice.”

The family-friendly programmes and policies that the Assembly has for its staff include:

  • Flexible working patterns – term-time, part-time, compressed hours etc.

  • Flexi-time

  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity/Adoption leave/pay arrangements

  • Parental Leave

  • Salary Sacrifice for Childcare Vouchers

  • Carer’s Policy

  • Special Leave arrangements

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