Family-friendly policies, procedures and the law

Family-friendly policies, procedures and the law – overview

With the extension in recent years of family-friendly rights (with more to come from the Work and
Families Bill), and in the light of continuing focus on equal opportunities, it is essential that employers
not only comply with legal requirements but also ensure that those requirements are reflected in their
policies and procedures, not least to ensure that line managers deal appropriately with such issues.
This practical workshop reviews all the legal requirements for maternity, parental, paternity, adoption
and dependant leave, using practical examples and case studies to highlight potential difficulties in
the management of family-friendly policies and procedures.

Full details below or download course outline.

Learning objectives

This course will help participants:

  • Appreciate the importance of family-friendly rights
  • Understand the key legal requirements
  • Deal effectively with all maternity-related issues
  • Get to grips with parental and dependant leave, adoption and paternity
  • Contribute to the development of appropriate policies and procedures
  • Avoid the common pitfalls
  • Help ‘spread the word’ via the line managers
Who should attend?

This course is intended for HR practitioners at all levels and is invaluable both for those new to the
area and for those in need of a refresher.
Course format

A highly-participative, practical and informative one-day course, presented in an outgoing, informal
and relaxed style. Business examples, case studies and discussion briefs are used to stimulate
participant interest and to cater for a range of learning styles.
Expert trainer

Toni is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a member with
15 years standing of the Employment Tribunal judiciary (the youngest member ever appointed).

Formerly an HR Director within the BAA group of companies, she is an independent HR / employment
law consultant of more than ten years’ standing. She has worked with many organisations as a
consultant, auditing HR policies, procedures and practices as well as managing complex and
sensitive issues such as redundancy, TUPE transfer, reorganisations, etc. An author and trainer, she
is also a lecturer for the CIPD graduate qualification.

The organisations she has worked with include, to name but a few, Orange, Ford, AXA Insurance,
Westminster City Council, Zurich, OFT, CAFCASS, The White Company, Eurolink Group plc, RDF
plc, Canute, BSS, IBIS Hotels, Vinci, British American Tobacco and Brunel Care.

Her programmes are both participative and highly enjoyable and the reaction from participants is
always outstandingly positive, as shown by the following client feedback:

‘Exceptional. Feedback from our managers has always been second to none. Cannot be
recommended highly enough.’ British American Tobacco

‘Can’t remember when I have enjoyed a day’s “work” so much. It was extremely interesting and
informative and it was also a lot of fun – I have spoken to the other delegates and they were of
the same opinion. Toni Trevett was extremely knowledgeable on employment law and had a great
sense of humour – many, many thanks and we look forward to seeing you for more training and
development initiatives within Vinci.’ Vinci plc

‘Materials provided are excellent – far exceeded expectations. A great workshop, group energy
was brilliant (not easy or expected), which is down to Toni. Great presenter, very knowledgeable
and enthusiastic.’ The White Company

‘One of the best course presenters I have seen in some time.’ AXA Insurance

‘Toni recently ran a two day training programme for all of our middle/senior managers on a range
of leadership skills. The feedback as always was outstanding. The training was informative,
engaging and entertaining. Toni used a range of different techniques to ensure we were given
the information and skills we needed to improve our coaching and leadership capability whilst
inspiring us to adapt the methods to address our own specific issues. We learnt some very
valuable skills and had a thoroughly enjoyable two days.’ Brunel Care

Family-friendly policies, procedures and the law – course outline

1 Legal outline

  • Statutory family-related rights at work
  • Consequences of claims against the employer
  • The Equal Opportunities Commission: role, research and code of practice

2 Maternity issues

  • Issues during pregnancy
    • – Time-off for ante-natal care
    • – Health and safety: risk assessments, alternative work or suspension
    • – Ill-health absence
    • – Recruitment
    • – Promotions and performance appraisals
    • – Dismissals and redundancy
    • – Sex discrimination issues
  • Maternity leave
    • – Qualifying for leave
    • – Sickness trigger for leave
    • – Ordinary and additional maternity leave
    • – Employers’ own schemes
    • – Contact during maternity leave
    • – Dismissals during leave and redundancy
    • – Automatically unfair dismissals
  • Maternity pay
    • – Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
    • – Entitlement
    • – Employee benefits (including pay increases and bonuses during maternity leave, holiday
  • Returning to work
    • – Job, pay and status
    • – Flexible and part-time working
    • – Failure to return

3 Parental and dependant leave

  • The right to parental leave pay and other benefits)
  • The right to time off to care for dependants

4 Adoption and paternity pay and leave

  • Statutory Adoption Pay: entitlement and rates
  • Statutory Paternity Pay: entitlement and rates
  • Adoption leave: how much and when
  • Paternity leave: how much and when

5 Flexible working

  • Legal outline
  • Managing requests, in terms of procedure
  • Reasons to refuse
  • Revisions pending

6 Areas to watch

  • Managing periods of leave
  • Benefits and bonuses during leave
  • Fraudulent claims
  • Recent case law

7 Review and close