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Family-related rights and leave

Who should attend

Experienced HR professionals who are used to handling ‘day-to-day’ maternity and family-friendly issues.


The Government plans to boost protections for pregnant women and new parents returning to work. EHRC research suggests that 75% of working mothers may have experienced discrimination at work, many of whom will have quietly left their organisation and IFS data shows that the gender pay gap widens with age after the first child.

This briefing is aimed at experienced HR professionals who are familiar with ‘day-to-day’ pregnancy, maternity and family-friendly issues. We cover when a pregnancy or return to work does not go to plan, the challenges for line managers, promotion, pay, and maternity rights when the business changes. We also consider recent employer initiatives to support shared parenting and encourage female returners, to help close a gender pay gap.


09.00 registration and coffee, 09.30 start

Pregnancy, maternity and working parents

  • rules-based system: quick recap
  • maternal health and safety: overview
  • grey areas: delegate uncertainties and questions

Difficult issues

  • difficult pregnancies: workplace support
  • IVF, fostering and adoption
  • when business needs change: redeployment, relocation or redundancy
  • managing absence and return to work
  • promotion, bonuses and pay rises
  • handling poor performance

Hidden and unconscious discrimination

  • helpline complaints: patterns and trends
  • factors affecting take up of parental rights
  • identifying and addressing hidden forms of discrimination
  • maternity retention rates: new HR tracking tools

Returner programmes: what works for you?

  • group discussion

Family leave, pay (and the gender pay gap)

  • GPG reporting as a force for change
  • use of statutory and enhanced rights
  • shared parental leave: barriers to take up?
  • encouraging male caring responsibilities: culture, tone from the top, communication and enhancement
  • international comparisons and lessons learnt

Recent case law review

  • Hextall’ and ‘Ali’: enhanced shared parental pay and discrimination
  • Really Easy Car Credit v Thompson: employer’s knowledge of pregnancy

13.00 close

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Sophie White
Partner, Employment law
Sophie is a highly experienced employment lawyer who regularly advises clients on complex maternity and family-friendly rights issues. As a mother of three she has a personal interest in promoting an inclusive work environment for pregnant employees and working mums.

Rosalind Bragg
Ros is an experienced policy professional who has led Maternity Action since its inception in 2008. Maternity Action delivers advice to over 2,000 pregnant women and new parents each year and has been actively campaigning for UK, Welsh and Scottish Governments to better protect maternity and parental rights at work.

Cost: £249

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 5%

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