Supporting Maternity & Pregnancy in the Workplace: Policy and Practice

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Fiona Martin, Director & Head of Employment Law, Martin Searle Solicitors
  • Sarah Jackson OBE, CEO, Working Families
  • Annabel Berdy, Senior Policy Officer, Maternity Action
  • Debbie Epstein, Senior Inclusion & Diversity Consultant, Inclusive Employers
  • Jane Ayaduray, UK Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), BNP Paribas
  • Vera E. Troeger, Professor of Quantitative Political Economy, University of Warwick (event chair)
  • Further Speakers TBC


Despite it being illegal to make recruitment decisions based on assumptions about childcare, figures have revealed that there is still a huge problem with pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace. The government has been called upon to take further action to ensure employers are encouraged to comply with the law. However more needs to be done to ensure Women are protected from discrimination based on assumptions of a woman's role in childcare.

Join Westminster Briefing on the 29th March for an up to date brief on the latest measures that should be taken to tackle discrimination against pregnant women, discuss how you can create change for the better in your workplace and learn from best practice case studies to shape effective strategies to tackle the problem head-on.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • The scale of discrimination in the workplace against pregnant women and women on maternity leave
  • Government response and next steps
  • The legal obligations of employers
  • Enforcement and monitoring
  • Developing maternity policies that support employees and help attract & retain talent
  • Changing individual mind-sets and your organisation’s working culture
  • The role of leadership and middle management in supporting pregnant women
  • The importance of providing non-transferable paternity leave to encourage more equal sharing of childcare
  • Developing effective strategies to support mothers back into work
  • Creating conditions where employees want to and feel welcome to remain in post
  • Offering flexible working to cope with new circumstances

The Event:

The issues will be divided into sessions entitled:

  • Legal and policy updates on tackling discrimination
  • Maternity and parental leave 
  • The returning to work process: getting it right 

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in providing maternity support, including: employers; HR managers/officers; communications officers; employee relations; consultants; trade unions and representative groups.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Thursday 29th March 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place:£295 | 2+ Places:£245 each
Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each
Charity Sector 
| 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each
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