Members' Networking Event: Flexible Working | July 2014

This event focused on the extension of the flexible working regulations and the impact for employers and working carers. The venue was the beautiful and newly refurbished Library Event Room at the Royal Society in London SW1.
 
EfC Chair, Ian Peters, MD of Residential Energy, British Gas, introduced EfC's new short dementia toolkit to help employers support their staff who are juggling work with caring for a loved one with dementia (this follows on from the publication in March of our EfC survey report Supporting employees who are caring for someone with dementia).  
 
Ian also congratulated EfC Member Islington Borough Council who recently won the Working Families special award in the Centrica/Carers UK UK ‘Best for Carers and Eldercare Award'.
 
Two EfC members gave a round-up of their Carers Week activities: Terry Anne Langmead, Credit Suisse, and Lydia Parbury, Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Diplomatic Service Families Association.
 
The Chair then invited Camilla Palmer, CEO and Principal Lawyer at Your Employment Settlement Service (YESS) to lead a short discussion on the practical impact on employers and employees of the widened flexible working regulations.  Camilla is a leading specialist in employment and discrimination law and is a part-time employment Judge.  
 
Copies of our newly revised publication A guide to the right to request flexible working were also made available at the event.