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Getting to Grips with Shared Parental Leave Conference 2014

Thursday, 13 November 2014 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Managing Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave Forum

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Practical advice for managing shared parental leave processes


The option for parents to take shared parental leave will apply to those whose baby is due to be born on or after 5th April 2015, meaning that the first wave of parents eligible to take this option are already expecting.
Many legal experts have warned the new rules look complicated for both employers and employees. This half day conference will provide practical advice and guidance to help prepare for the changes.


Managing Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave ForumWhat this event will do for you:

  • Understand and simplify shared parental leave policy
  • Receive a check list for implementation and avoid common pitfalls
  • Evaluate the impact on your business
  • Put your unanswered questions to our legal expert
  • Get communications with employees and managers right


This event is for you, if you are an:

  • HR director or manager
  • Policy manager pr administrator
  • Equality and diversity professional
  • Employee relations professional


Here’s some quick links to help you find the information you need about this event:
Hayley Griffin

“Many legal experts have warned the new rules for shared parental leave look complicated for both employers and employees. This half day conference will provide practical advice and guidance to help you prepare for the changes.”
Hayley Griffin, Conference Production Manager


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The programme will cover the following to ensure you are prepared for shared parental leave:



Introduction and opening address by conference chair

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director, Head of Coaching & Consultancy, My Family Care

An introduction to Shared Parental Leave

  • System recap
  • Basic frame work and regulations
  • Understand the key points of how the system will work and who is eligible
Kim Wager, Assistant Director, Flexible Working and Shared Parental Leave and Pay, Labour Market Directorate, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Guidance on developing your policy

  • Guidelines, do’s and don’ts
  • Time frame checklist for implementation
Ed Bowyer, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Coffee and networking


An Employers perspective


Understand and manage the impact on your business

  • Common pitfalls
  • Getting your stakeholders on board
  • What do you need to do/communicate to employees, managers, senior leaders etc.
Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director, Head of Coaching & Consultancy, My Family Care

Open Q&A with the speakers

  • Put your unanswered questions to the expert speaker panel

Networking Lunch

  • Enjoy lunch and discuss further ideas, questions and approaches with the delegates and sponsors


Three leading experts will share their knowledge with you at this event:


Kim Wager, Assistant Director, Flexible Working and Shared Parental Leave and Pay, Labour Market Directorate, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Kim has been responsible for the right to request flexible working and maternity, paternity and adoption policies for the last two years. She is leading the policy and implementation on the new shared parental leave and pay system.

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director, Head of Coaching & Consultancy, My Family Care

Before becoming well known as a pioneer of maternity coaching, Jennifer had 15 years’ experience in learning & development, designing and delivering coaching, mentoring, internal coach development, management development and consultancy projects for employers including Accenture, BP, Centrica, Group Danone, Mizuho, Penguin Group (UK), The Lord Chancellor’s Department and others.
Her work is covered in the national and industry press as well as frequent conference speaking & writing. 
Alongside her own coaching work, Jennifer is a trained coaching supervisor, having gained a Post-graduate Certificate in Supervision for Coaching and Mentoring, with Distinction, from Oxford Brookes University Business School.  She also has a law degree from Brasenose College, Oxford and a Masters in Experimental Psychology.

Ed Bowyer, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Ed advises a broad range of corporate clients on all aspects of the employment relationship from recruitment through to termination and post termination issues. Ed has particular expertise in advising on executive terminations and on high value Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation. Ed also regularly advises on complex and large scale outsourcing transactions. Ed regularly speaks at employment law seminars and runs client training workshops.



Professionals like you have found our family leave events useful.  Here is what some have said:

  • “Excellent event – much clearer about upcoming changes in legislation” – Assistant Wellbeing Advisor, HampshireBook Now Constabulary
  • “Really interesting – great knowledge among speakers” – Reward Manager, Costa Coffee
  • “Very useful and interesting event” – Senior HR Manager, Clifford Chance LLP
  • “All presentations were useful and I learnt some crucial points going forward” – Regional HR Co-ordinator, Newsquest
  • “Excellent range of speakers, all had something to offer and I have taken away lots of useful ideas and approaches” – HR Manager, BAE Systems
  • “Fantastic range of speakers with good presentations – thank you!” – Training Manager, Harbottle & Lewis



Leading organisations that have attended similar events in the past include:

Acas, Arup Group Ltd, BAE Systems Ops Ltd, Baker & McKenzie, Barclays Retail, Bircham Dyson Bell, BIS, Clifford Chance LLP, Commerzbank AG, Costa, Cranfield School of Management, Daiwa Capital Markets, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Diabetes UK, DSTL, Dyfed Powys Police, East London, NHS Foundation Trust, Exane Ltd, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Fitch Ratings, Goodman Real Estate Adviser (UK) Limited, GSK UK, Gwynedd Council, Hampshire Constabulary & Hampshire Fire & Rescue Services, Harbottle & Lewis LLP, Hexagon Housing Association Ltd, HiFX Plc, Hyder Consulting Ltd, IBM, John Sisk & Son Ltd, LSBU, McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Group, My Family Care, National Grid, Natures Way Foods Ltd, Newsquest (Southern) Media Limited, Orchid Cellmark Limited, Portsmouth City Council, Practical Action, Rathbone Investment Management, Reed Smith, Royal Mencap Society, Sainsburys, Santander, SCOR SE – UK Branch, Siemens, Simply Business, Slough Borough Council, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Subsea 7, Swiss RE, Tata Global Beverages, Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, The Disney Store, Univeristy Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, University of Portsmouth, V&A, Vector Aerospace, Walker & Son, Westpac, Whitbread Group PLC, Workplace Savings and Benefits




My Family Care logo Hogan Lovells logo

My Family Care is the UK’s leading provider of family friendly solutions. We’re uniquely positioned to help employers with their working parent and carer strategies and implement employee solutions.

Our clients include: investment banks, retailers, FMCG manufacturers, legal practices, accountancy firms, media companies and many others of all sectors and sizes.

We make a real difference to their businesses and the lives and careers of their employees. They’ve seen that it makes sound business sense to adopt a flexible, family friendly approach.

Whether you’re trying to build a reputation as a great place to work, improve talent retention, reduce care related absenteeism, improve relocation success or build a more diverse leadership pool, we can help.

In a nutshell, we’re about making work + family work.

Hogan Lovells’ UK employment team, provides advice on all the major issues which affect employers throughout the employment cycle, starting with the recruitment and appointment of employees, remuneration and changes to contracts of employment, as well as employee disputes and departures. Our team is recognised as a leading practice for contentious and advisory employment advice, as well as corporate support work, including M&A and outsourcing.
Our team works closely with boards of companies, in-house lawyers and HR teams on the employment aspects of strategic business issues.

Information for potential sponsors

If your organisation would be interested in promoting itself through the wide variety of exhibitions, sponsorship and marketing opportunities available at this event, please visit our sponsorship mini-site here or email or call Sales at sales@symposium-events.co.uk or 020 7231 5100.




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Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Attendee Questions

Will I get the event presentations?


Download detailed instructions here.

For environmental reasons, we do not print conference presentations.  They become available as a download in your account on this site, shortly before the event.

When your order is completed online, an account it automatically created for you.

Please remember the account login and password you created during the event registration process.  You will need this to access the presentations.

The event presentations are added to this account shortly before the seminar and can then be downloaded. We will notify you when they are available.



In order for people to get the presentations they have to download them from an account on this website. 

If you made the booking, you can download them for your colleague as you already have an account – or they can create their own account.

To create an account, the attendee will need to purchase the documentation directly from the site.  Don’t worry – we will email them a “Coupon Code” to input which makes the purchase free of charge. 

Normally we email all attendees to notify them when the documentation is available online about one week before the event.  We include account set up instructions and the Coupon Code with that email. 



You can find the LOST PASSWORD screen under “MY ACCOUNT” on the top menu of our site or by clicking HERE.


What food and refreshments are provided?

Generally coffee and light refreshments are available on arrival and at tea and coffee breaks throughout the day.  The times of these are made clear in the event programme.

Lunch is served on full day events.  We arrange a buffet with a selection of options to accommodate different dietary requirements, but if you have specific needs please feel free add this on the ‘additional information’ section of the online booking for or to email us.  Contact us here.

I have a discount code – how do I claim it?

If you have been sent a discount or special offer ‘coupon code’ this can be entered in the shopping cart while booking and your discount will be applied to your purchase.

I have a ‘ticket’ email but it does not say the right delegate names?

Don’t worry.  You don’t need the ‘ticket’, it’s just produced by the booking software to confirm the order.  

If you added delegate details on the booking form when you completed your order or told us by phone or email the names of the attendees, these people will be registered and do not need to bring the ‘ticket’.


I am a supplier or consultant, can I attend?

Sorry, but suppliers may not attend as delegates.

We do allow a strictly limited number of suppliers to exhibit.  Further exhibitor information can be found here or by calling our sales team on 020 7231 5100.

How do I pay? Can I have an invoice? Can I pay with a credit card?

Payment can be made by credit card when you book, or you can specify cheque, bank transfer or invoice etc. once you complete the registration form.

An invoice or receipt is automatically sent once booking is completed online.

For cheque and BACS payments, our account details can be downloaded here.

Credit card details can be taken by telephone, please call our account department on +44 (0)20 7231 5100. We do not store any credit card details used for payment.

Online credit card payments are transacted via Paypal – you do not need a Paypal account to use this facility.

How do I book an event?

You can book online
Simply scroll down the page to the “Tickets” section. Select the number of places you wish to book and then click “Add to Cart”. You will then be taken to the shopping cart where you can confirm your purchase details, enter any discount or special offer coupon codes you may have, and arrange payment.

You can book by telephone
Simply call us on 020 7231 5100.

Event Date Changes

Changes are sometimes needed due to circumstances beyond our control such as trainers being ill, poor weather and so on.  In the very rare circumstances that we need to change the date for an event we will automatically offer you a place on the next available event date.  If this is not suitable for you we will refund your booking fee.

We cannot accept liability for travel and accommodation costs and strongly advise you not to book cheap ‘non-refundable / no change’ tickets and to check your insurance covers travel and accommodation in these circumstances.

Can you recommend a hotel near the venue?

Yes! Some of our events are actually held at hotels, but not all of them, so we have put together a page to help you find a suitable hotel near all of our main venues.

Can I cancel my booking or transfer to another event?

Please see our full terms and conditions here .

  • Cancellations can be made up to one month before the event. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a cancellation charge of £100 + VAT.
  • Cancellations at less than one month from the event date are be subject to full payment.
  • Substitutions may be made at any date and are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation.
  • If you want to change to another course date, or different event, we will do our best to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to refuse changes. Any changes are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.



Documentaion will be available following the evnt

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You can purchase the event documentation, including the presentations, in a pdf format. Please use the link here (attendees receive a copy of the presentations).


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Getting to Grips with Shared Parental Leave 2014
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Thursday, 13 November 2014
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
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