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Working Forward: news and events

Keep up to date with all the latest news about Working Forward and register for upcoming events.


We will be running a number of seminars and events for Working Forward members to support the four areas of the pledge.  

Managing risks for new and expectant mothers webinar
May 2017

All workplaces have risks that may affect the health and safety of new and expectant mothers and that of their child. There are specific laws that require employers to protect women from these risks, however there is often confusion about what steps need to be taken and how far an employer should go. If you have any questions about how to assess risks to new and expectant mothers, and the way you can remove them, join us for this webinar in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive. Please email us to register.

Managing pregnancy and maternity in the Hotel industry

On 23 February 2017 leading hoteliers and the British Hospitality Association met to discuss the challenges they face in managing pregnancy and maternity effectively.

The group had the following advice for other employers in the hospitality industry:

Good communication and openness from the start.
From the point of recruitment onwards, good communication is key and a two-way street. Employers need to demonstrate their commitment to supporting pregnant women and new mothers from the off and take the first steps in building a relationship of trust. Doing so should help women feel confident to talk about a pregnancy or the support they may need managing work and a new baby. Keep in touch days are an excellent way of keeping new mothers informed. Every woman is different on how much contact they want and expect, so be guided by your employee and don’t be nervous to have discussions about maternity leave and return to work plans.

Flexible working -– needs careful planning, but can be done.
Offering flexible working practices may need a bit of careful thought and planning but it can be done. Think creatively about what might be possible and don’t automatically think some roles can be done flexibly and others not. Think of the opportunities that arise from being in a ‘7 days a week’ industry. Weekend working when a partner may be at home to take on the childcare could be a way forward.

Managing Health and Safety is key.
Working in a hotel is often going to be physical work so the health and safety of your employees is key. Twice as many mothers than the average report leaving their jobs because of health and safety risks. Ensuring your staff are safe and well and have happy, healthy pregnancies means that you keep your staff for longer.

In an industry with a high proportion of female staff there was real commitment around the table to supporting pregnant women and new mothers. If any of these issues are familiar to you, get in touch with us to join Working Forward. Further details available at: 




Last updated: 12 Jul 2017