Practical solutions for work-life balance

The
fourth employers’ Law Briefing, in association with Rowe & Maw takes place
on 9 May at the British Library in London. This year we are focusing on one of
the biggest issues currently facing employers – implementing an effective
work-life balance policy

In
the wake of the Chancellor’s family-friendly budget and the debate over the
Government’s green paper on Work and Parents, there’s no better time to meet
with some of the leading authorities on work-life balance issues. During the
briefing you’ll have the opportunity to hear about the latest thinking on
implementing work-life balance policies, discuss the issues which could most
concern your business and swap ideas and views with other HR practitioners.

The
speakers

The
conference speaker line-up includes representatives from the law, business and
academia.

The
conference is chaired by Julian Roskill, employment partner at sponsor
Rowe and Maw.

Michel
Syrett
, a former journalist, now an academic researcher and consultant, has
been active in the field of flexible work for more than 20 years. In his talk, "New
ways to work – a case for change", he will discuss the business reasons
for introducing a better work-life balance; how current employment law may not
have caught up with the e-mail and Internet revolution; and how employers can
manage a work-life balance change.

Liz
Rayner
, director of human resources at Shell, has worked in HR for more
than 25 years, and will give the HR practitioner’s perspective on implementing
a viable flexible working policy. In "The practicalities of work-life
balance" she will look at how you can make it work in a fast-moving
business.

Nicholas
Robertson
, partner at Rowe & Maw will speak on the legal perspective of
implementing a work-life balance policy.

Ruth
Gilbert
, consulting and account manager for Ceridian Performance Partners,
develops strategies to address business needs. As she also works in a
consulting capacity in relation to work-life issues and change management, Ruth
is well placed to talk about "the business case around work-life
balance".

Carol
Savage
set up The Resource Connection in 1998 to help experienced people
find flexible short-to medium-term employment. She also acts as a consultant,
advising organisations on how to introduce flexibility into the workplace. In
"The benefits of flexiworking", Carol will present a seven-point plan
for achieving new ways of working while still maintaining productivity and
corporate goals.

Ann
Edwards
, senior consultant at HR consultancy Towers Perrin, is a regular
conference speaker on work-life balance. In her talk on compensation and
benefits, Ann will look at how organisations can create different work-life
deals to suit the individual needs of each employee and so achieve a
"total rewards approach".

During
the day there will also be the opportunity to join a breakaway discussion group
to exchange views, ideas and solutions to the key questions of addressing a
work-life balance in your organisation. There will also be plenty of
opportunity to ask questions of the speakers during the panel discussion.

For
more details about the conference, click here

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