Full Course Details
Date: Monday, November 20th 2023
Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm
CPD: 3.5 CPD Hours
Method of Delivery: Online
With a substantial body of research demonstrating the business, economic and societal benefits of gender balance in the workplace, there is 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.
A key area of focus is the point at which employees start a family and the early parenting years. There is an existing complex legislative landscape in the time between experience during pregnancy, maternity leave and/or return to the workplace with a body of existing legislation in place and a number of changes being proposed, including the government’s proposal to extend the period where mothers can avail of breastfeeding breaks from the current six months up to a period of two years.
This half day seminar will explore existing legislation in terms of family leave entitlements, what new proposals are being sought and how workplaces can be ready for these.
What this Seminar will Cover:
Currently, one of the provisions of the Maternity Protection (Amendment) Act 2004 is that women in employment who are breastfeeding are entitled to take time off work each day in order to breastfeed.
The provision applies to all women in employment who have given birth within the previous 6 months (26 weeks).
The government are seeking to amend the legislation in order to extend the period where mothers can avail of breastfeeding breaks up to a period of two years, or 104 weeks after the birth of the baby.
This would require an amendment to the Maternity Protection (Amendment) Act 2004.
This seminar will assist delegates to understand the ramifications of the new legislation as it would apply to HR practices within their workplace and will also detail what their current entitlements are under the Act.
The seminar will also outline the updated legislation in terms of family leave entitlements and will cover the below:
- The legal entitlement to paternity leave
- The legal entitlement to maternity leave
- The legal entitlement to parental leave and force majeure
- The legal right to parent’s leave
- The legal entitlement to adoptive leave
- The legal entitlement to carer’s leave
- The statutory duties of the employer when it comes to employee leave
Who Should Attend
This update seminar will be of interest to women in the workplace to inform themselves of their current entitlements under the Maternity Protection Act and what new legislation is being proposed.
It will also benefit all employees to inform themselves of current family leave entitlements.
This seminar will be of particular interest and relevance to HR directors and HR managers and will also be of interest to senior leaders and managers who have a role in championing HR and cultural change.
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