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Ibec Family Leave Seminar


The mother and father of all challenges – Work/life balance and compliance with family leave legislation

The coming year is likely to bring significant change in the regulation of family leave. Several new measures have already dominated the headlines at both EU and national level, including the Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017 proposing to extend the leave by a number of weeks, a draft Heads of Family Leave Bill suggesting a substantial overhaul of leave arrangements and other entitlements and the proposed EU Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers which suggests introducing a number of days leave for employees with caring responsibilities. These initiatives propose a range of new protections for employees, with a particular focus on new parents. Every employer will be affected by the initiatives, which come at a time when there are ever greater restrictions on the employer flexibility to manage their workforce.

Employers recognise that reconciling work and home commitments is a necessary part of life. However, they are all too aware of the practical difficulties that can arise with managing protective leave in the workplace considering the various forms and durations of protective leave available. In keeping with our focus on the practical questions facing HR professionals and those who advise them, we will examine recent cases of the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court on protective leave and how they will affect your business. We will provide practical advice as to how to best ensure that your processes will withstand scrutiny before the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

In particular, we will examine recent cases on parental and paternity leave and the lessons to be learnt from recent pregnancy and maternity related cases taken under the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2015 and the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2015. It is important that business interests are protected while respecting HR best practice and compliance with the law. Returning to work following an extensive period of leave can be overwhelming for many employees. When it comes to integrating an employee back into the workplace in line with their entitlements under protective leave legislation, employers can be faced with a number of challenges. We will examine best practice and how best to avoid the pitfalls. We will also look at case studies where employers have put in place a Return to Work strategy and examine the do’s and don’ts. We will give delegates an insight into the practical effect these proposals may have on their business. This one day programme will be of significant interest and relevance to employment law practitioners, employers and senior managers alike.


The future of family leave – recent and upcoming legislation
  • EU Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers
  • Draft Heads of Family Leave Bill
  • Government initiatives & Private Members’ Bills

Pregnancy, maternity leave and recent caselaw

  • Recruitment & pregnancy – avoiding the pitfalls
  • Pregnancy related dismissals
  • Maternity leave and discrimination

Parental leave and paternity leave – what’s new?

  • Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017
  • Recent caselaw
  • What does the future hold?

Managing protective leave in the workplace – getting it right

  • Pay during protective leave – what’s in and out
  • Return to work after maternity/adoptive/carer’s leave
  • Implications for HR practitioners

Guest speaker

  • Return to work strategy
  • Dos and don’ts

Upcoming dates:

Ibec, DublinJuly 19, 2018

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