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Understanding Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Rights


A comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about maternity, paternity and adoption rights. We will also be joined by a guest speaker from The Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Business need

Understanding maternity, paternity and adoption rights is essential for the modern workplace. From ante-natal appointments through to keeping in touch and returning to work, our specialist trainers will take you through all you need to know about the rights and will also explain the links with associated aspects such as time off for dependents, parental leave and the right to request flexible working.

We will also be joined by a guest speaker from The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The EHRC will discuss the key findings of their pregnancy and maternity research, which was carried out in partnership with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. The research covered issues around health and safety, breastfeeding, contact on maternity leave and the attitudes and beliefs of employers regarding pregnancy.

In addition, the session will explore the tools the Commission has developed to support employers in making their workplace the best they can be for pregnant women and new parents. This includes Working Forward, a member led initiative supported by high profile organisations such as Barclays, John Lewis Partnership and Ford.

By the end of the session you will understand what your responsibilities are in relation to the legislation and be aware of both employee and employer rights.

The session also covers developments which are planned for the future and will explain the recent changes, ensuring you are fully up to date with current legislation.

All delegates will receive an electronic certificate of attendance for their participation in the training.

Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish enhance their CPD.


This event will cover:

Maternity leave:

  • Protection for employees
  • Ante Natal
  • Health and Safety - the employers responsibilities
  • Maternity leave, timeline and terms and conditions
  • Keeping in contact during maternity leave
  • Return to Work
  • Key findings of EHRC’s research into pregnancy and maternity

Paternity leave:

  • Who qualifies?
  • How to qualify?
  • Notice requirements

Adoption leave: 

  • Who qualifies?
  • How can leave be taken?
  • What the employer must do

Time off for dependants: 

  • What are the rights?
  • Who is a dependant?
  • Notice required

Have a large group of staff to train?

To save you time and money, we can deliver bespoke training at your workplace. To find out more contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our online enquiry form


We also offer free e-learning on a wide range of employment relations topics. It's a great way to develop, enhance and refresh your knowledge, providing you with the opportunity to work through theory, explore case studies and answer interactive questions.

Need more than training?

We recognise that every organisation is different. Our specialists can diagnose issues in your workplace and tailor practical solutions to address the challenges faced by you and your staff. To arrange a call or visit or to simply find out more, contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our online enquiry form

Venue Cardiff: Venue TBC   Map (opens in new window)   Date 09/07/2019    Time 09:30 - 13:00   
Price £110.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
To book now

* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.