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Understand Your Legal Obligations

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What does best practice look like?

Managing pregnancy and maternity in a business can feel pretty daunting, not least because the law is both intimidating and complex.

The challenge

The law in this area can often be confusing for both employees and employers. 

Keeping those communication lines open but being confident you won’t say or do anything that could get you into trouble can pay dividends in terms of staff-wellbeing, morale and retention.

Who’s it for?

Line Managers and Leadership

We will cover

  • Legal obligations during recruitment

  • Legal obligations when a member of staff tells you they are pregnant

  • Best practice when managing a pregnant member of staff

  • Legal obligations and best practice during maternity or paternity leave

  • Legal obligations if a member of staff makes a flexible working request

  • Legal obligations when a parent returns to work

  • An overview of what would constitute discrimination in the eyes of the law


  • Your line managers will feel more confident having open conversations with pregnant women and parents in the workplace

  • Greater assurance that line managers are doing and saying the right thing thereby minimising risk of potential claims

  • Pregnant women and parents feeling as though they are being better supported and are therefore more likely to stay with the organisation

Delivered by Danielle Ayres, who is an award-winning maternity discrimination lawyer from Gorvins solicitors.