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Maternity Managers Masterclass 26 March425.00

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One day course: Tuesday 26 March


About the Course 

Managers Masterclass – Employment Law Updates, Application for Leave & Employee Reintegration.

Maternity leave, parental leave and the gender gap reporting – an examination of workplace strategies, practicalities and emerging themes

PAI’s one day Manager Masterclass is ideal for employers, HR and line manager’s alike, providing attendees with the most up to date developments in employment law and practical guidance in the effective management of the Maternity leave process, from application stage to employee reintegration within the workplace.

With the substantial body of research demonstrating the business, economic and societal benefits of gender balance in the workplace this masterclass will examine the challenges and opportunities to be gained through meaningful employee engagement in the support of greater gender equality, inclusion and the retention of a skilled workforce.

A key area of focus is the point at which employees start a family and the early parenting years. Recent CSO statistics highlight this is where the Gender Pay Gap starts to widen and recent research (EHRC - UK) found that 77% of women had a negative or discriminatory experience during pregnancy, maternity leave and/or return from maternity leave.

There is an existing complex legislative landscape in this area, with a body of existing legislation in place and a number of changes being proposed, such as the increase to parental leave, shared parental leave and gender pay gap reporting. With an increasing focus on the need to look at ways to attract, engage and retain women, and support them to progress their careers into leadership roles. Now is the time to get the fundamentals right and set ourselves up to effectively manage future changes.

This workshop explores the existing complex legislation landscape in this area and best practice, and looks at how managers/ employers can approach this career phase from a proactive and protective prospective.

Learning Objectives

After this course, attendees will be familiar with:

  • The law on Maternity, Paternity and Protective Leave;
  • Statutory Duties;
  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work – common law duties;
  • The business case for adopting gender inclusive workplace practices;
  • Creating an inclusive, family friendly culture;
  • Working with employees to proactively plan periods of extended leave;
  • Agreeing a transition and communications plan for before, during, and after leave;
  • Preparing for the transition of an employee’s return to work and reintegration into the workplace;
  • Managing the returning employee’s commitments and pre-empting conflicted feelings about returning to work;
  • Individual career planning, and retaining and maximising skills in your organisation.

Course Tutors 

Claire Flannery is the Founder and Director of 'Strength Within' coaching and consultancy, where she focuses on helping people create the headspace and mental clarity to discover, cultivate and maximise their strength within. Claire is a qualified Business Psychologist and Executive, Business & Personal Coach with over a decade of experience working in HR leadership in Financial and Professional Services. She has worked with business leaders and individuals through significant organisational and personal change, including periods of organisational growth, restructure and downsizing. She is also a mum to two small boys and has personal experience of successfully managing her career while preparing to transition out of, and back into, the workforce.

Sharon Dillon-Lyons is a Barrister-at-Law. She practises in civil litigation including tort and contract law. She has experience working in policy and compliance with non-governmental organisations; specifically, legal duties of bodies including legislative compliance with data protection, freedom of information and health and safety. She also has experience of best practice tools to monitor implementation of policies, procedures and compliance with legal and contractual obligations.

Tailored Training 

All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.