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Shared Parental Leave Update

The UK has trailed many of its European & Scandinavian counterparts when it comes to shared parental leave, but no longer. Expectant Parents with babies born or adopted on or after April 5th 2015 now have a choice in how they share their parental leave. This discussion will look at the take up over the first few months and examine the UK’s appetite for this forward-thinking approach. We will share case studies, look at best practice and offer some insights into the key lessons from the past few months.
Recorded May 21 2015 49 mins
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James Marsh - Symposium; Jennifer Liston-Smith - My Family Care; Carolanne Minashi - Citi; Emma Codd - Deloitte
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    Find out how Aon’s Assessment Solutions and Ocado Group have created a winning formula to spot future focused emerging talent in a free webinar where we will discuss:

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    - How AI has removed unconscious bias from a hiring process
    - How to ensure a candidate friendly experience using AI
    - How the role of the recruiter has changed forever and will your next job interview be with a robot?

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    James Marsh,HRr; Jennifer Liston-Smith, Bright Horizons; Andrea Wicks-Bowles, Bright Horizons
    Increasingly employers want a joined-up global approach to supporting employees in combining work and family. Driven by the competition for talent, greater transparency on gender pay gaps and new gender-neutral expectations around parental leave, we need to ‘think globally and act locally’ working with differing cultural considerations, circumstances and expectations.

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    This major shift from creating resources instead of courses has been a winning strategy for Lakeland. But how did they do it?

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    • Their sharing of best practices – how a great idea in one store is shared quickly across their retail network to maximise opportunities for increasing sales
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    In this webinar we will take a look at the key building blocks for creating and maintaining an environment of engagement for all employees, including:

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    • Organisational Agility

    • The use of technology / AI

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    Register now to reserve your place.
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    James Marsh,HRr; Jennifer Liston-Smith, MFC; Dr. Gonzalo Shoobridge, Great Place to Work; Marc McKenna-Coles, Lloyd's
    Technology, demographics, cultural, social and generational changes mean that why and how we work has changed almost beyond recognition in the last decade. There’s now a five generational workplace, fewer of us to do the work, increased care responsibilities and a fundamental shift in how younger generations want to work and how they value the components of work, life and family.

    The pace of that change continues unabated and it demands that we all start thinking in a different way when it comes to the way we work and live, especially when it comes to ‘managing the balance’.

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    •Marc McKenna-Coles, Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Lloyd's and key supporter of Dive In, the international & award-winning festival for diversity & inclusion in insurance.
    •Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership at Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions brings her deep insight and experience of working with leading employers to shape programmes to engage and retain talented parents and carers.
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    …But how can you use people data to improve performance? How can ‘people’ be measured, and how can this data be turned into meaningful insights you can actually use to make better strategic HR decisions in future?

    Join us to find out how you can better understand the relationship between your people and the value they deliver to your organisation. Looking together at real examples and key learnings from other organisations who are already leveraging this opportunity; we aim to inspire, empower and arm you with the knowledge you need to truly enhance your analytics capabilities and ultimately ‘maximise human value’ in your organisation.
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    In this timely webinar in partnership with My Family Care / Bright Horizons we’ll give you the inside track on the topics, how best to respond as well as how to communicate your position as an employer externally and internally while the consultation is ongoing. Crucially, what are the immediate and future implications for employers for attracting and retaining talent?

    We’re delighted to be joined by Debbi Jackson - Assistant Director - Family Related Leave and Pay at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who’ll be providing an overview of the consultations. Carolanne Minashi, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at UBS, will be sharing her thoughts and in depth experience from an employer’s POV.

    To complete the panel, Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership at My Family Care / Bright Horizons, will be contributing her broad experience of working with award-winning employers as a sought-after consultant on family-friendly best practice.
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