Seeking SMES to showcase best practice around pregnancy and maternity

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Good practice in managing pregnancy, maternity and breastfeeding in the workplace

 Background to the project

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is conducting a comprehensive research project in partnership with BIS[1], into pregnancy and maternity in the workplace. In Spring 2015, alongside the research findings, the EHRC will launch a suite of good practice materials showing how employers manage pregnancy, maternity and return to work in a productive way, and the benefits of retaining women in the workforce.

What we need from you

The aim of the project is to showcase practical solutions to common challenges faced by employers and demonstrate how issues are resolvable in a cost effective way that brings benefits to businesses and to employees.

 We are looking for around 24 case studies of employers of different sizes and from different industries on a range of subjects including:

Pregnancy including effective communication, protection of women’s health and safety, options for maternity cover,

  • Maternity leave including managing absence, financial support, appropriate communication, use of KIT days, planning the return, discussion of flexible working,
  • Returning to work following maternity leave, including managing any changes to the job, offer of necessary training, flexible working,
  • Positive management of and attitudes to breastfeeding in the workplace,
  • Supporting fathers to be involved in the pregnancy, leave and beyond,
  • Using the period of maternity leave to provide developmental opportunities for more junior staff, and other creative approaches,
  • Informing managers of their obligations to ensure compliance,
  • Ways of maintaining good communication and collaboration with employees and throughout the organisation to avoid disputes arising.

If you have good practice and agree to take part we will conduct a short, filmed interview with you, which will be made available online, alongside a description of your practice.

The materials will be promoted to employers within different sectors and will be featured on a prominent section of EHRC’s website.

Your Employment Settlement Service (which provides legal advice to resolve workplace disputes) is working with Maternity Action to identify good practice, with the support of Working Families. If you can help please contact Camilla Palmer at YESS (cpalmer at yesslaw dot org dot uk; 020 3701 7530)




Women’s Enterprise for Sustainable Communities – Manchester, 4th Nov

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Leaflet for Women's Enterprise for Sustainable Communities Event 4th Nov 2014 12pm-6pmProgramme Schedule

On 4th November 2014, the ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network will hold a half-day event on Developing Women’s Enterprise to Create Sustainable Communities as part of the Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science.

Co-sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University Centre for Business and Society, the event will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School from 12-6pm. Speakers will include specialists in the field of women’s entrepreneurship, covering such topics as life course pathways to entrepreneurship, mumpreneurs, and women’s enterprise far from the labour market. Members of the business community and other non-academic participants are especially encouraged to attend.

Please re-post and share with your networks! Thank you!

Click here to register for the event




WEConnect International Annual Conference 2014

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WEConnect International would like to invite you to their conference which will be a daylong event jam-packed with talks, presentations and breakout sessions that are 100% focussed on helping women business owners to succeed and achieve. Throughout the day, there will also be unique opportunities to network and connect with both other women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s global corporate members including conference sponsors Accenture, AIG, Coca Cola, EY, IBM, Marriott and Cummins. So if you’re interested in growing your business and understanding more about working with multinational organisations, this conference is not to be missed! Read the rest of this entry »