Introduction to Employment Law

This event is fully booked
Date:
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
City:
Birmingham (National)
Venue Address:
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
2 Bridge Street
Birmingham, B1 2JZ
Speaker(s):
See programme below
Event Type:
Introductory
Duration:
2 days (Day one runs from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Day two runs from 9.00am to 5.30pm)
CPD hours:
12.75
Status:
Fully Booked

Venue map

The residential option is now fully booked, though there is still a limited number of non-residential places left. There are other hotel options nearby, such as the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre and Premier Inn Birmingham Broad Street. You will still be booked onto the evening dinner at the Hyatt Regency on Thursday evening, which is included in the non-residential fee.

ELA two day residential course organised in association with PEN, the Network of Employment Law PSLs

Thursday 23 - Friday 24 November 2017, The Hyatt Regency, Birmingham 

Cost

Non- residential: £450 + VAT. There is a limited number of non-residential places available. There are other hotel options nearby, such as the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre and Premier Inn Birmingham Broad Street. You will still be booked onto the evening dinner at the Hyatt Regency on Thursday evening, which is included in the non-residential fee.
Residential: The residential option is now fully booked. 

The non-residential fee includes dinner at the Hyatt in the evening of day one: 7pm on Thursday 23 November.

The residential fee includes dinner at the Hyatt in the evening of day one, and bed and breakfast at the Hyatt on Thursday 23 November.

A 30% discount for members outside the Midlands region, or a 50% voluntary sector discount is available on the full fees in the alternative, with no booking deadline.

Day one runs from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Day two runs from 9.00am to 5.30pm.

The course aims to give your newly-qualified assistants a chance to hit the ground running with an intensive foundation course in the essentials of employment law. ELA and PEN have pooled their expertise to provide a practical as well as legal grounding in the following key areas:

  • Employment status
  • Recruitment
  • General principles of the employment contract, changing terms of employment
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Managing sickness
  • Redundancy and collective consultation
  • Disciplinary and dismissal processes
  • TUPE
  • Discrimination
  • Whistleblowing               

The course combines lectures, interactive workshops and case studies to help delegates:

  • Understand the basic law needed to handle a typical newly-qualified workload
  • Apply their legal knowledge to the practical realities of managing the client's needs. The employee's and employer's perspectives will be considered in all the sessions
  • Gain the confidence to act without excessive supervision and hand-holding

All sessions are conducted by highly respected employment law practitioners, who speak from the perspectives of substantial experience of representing both employers and employees. The full programme will be published here in the early autumn.

Feedback from 2016 course:

  • Really useful for NQ’s
  • The course was invaluable – my notes were really useful
  • This was an excellent course – thorough and informative
  • Engaging speakers made it easy to stay focussed, and important tips were clearly signposted. An excellent 2 days

Programme

Introduction to Employment Law – Day One
23 November 2017

Chair: Jane Fielding, Gowling WLG LLP

9.30am 
Registration and tea/coffee

10.00am 
Introduction from the Chair

10.10am
THE CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT
Simon Kerr-Davis and Catrin Llewellyn, Linklaters

Lecture session divided into four subsections:

Employment status

The speakers will begin by considering the various ways in which individuals may supply their work to a company and outline the test of employment status and the rights of employees and other workers.

Recruitment

The second section will then consider the practical and legal issues which may arise during the recruitment of an individual to fill a role.

The employment contract

The third section will consider the terms which may exist in an employment contract, and the statutory and common law elements which make an employment contract different from other forms of contract.

Changing the contract

This final section will look at changing terms and conditions, considering how an employer may seek to go about both individuals and collective contractual variation.

11.10am 
Tea/coffee

11.25am 
THE CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT

(continued)

12.50pm Lunch

1.50pm 
RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS
Gareth Brahams, Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP

Lecture session:

  • Explanation of common covenants: non-competition; non-solicitation of customers and employees; confidential information; garden leave clauses
  • General principles of enforceability

3.00pm 
Tea/coffee

3.15pm 
REDUNDANCY AND COLLECTIVE CONSULTATION
Nick Vernon, Shoosmiths LLP

Lecture session:
Redundancy

  • Redundancy as a potentially fair reason for dismissal
  • Definition of ‘redundancy’ and three redundancy situations
  • Individual vs collective redundancy processes
  • Overview of an individual redundancy process, relationship with ACAS Code and strategies/suggested approaches (including documentation required, meetings, companions, consultation, selection criteria/pools and appeals)
  • Compensation and redundancy payments (statutory, contractual and other enhanced payments)
  • Unfair / discriminatory redundancy and potential claims
  • Suitable alternative employment and trial periods

Collective Consultation

  • When the duty to consult on collective redundancies arises
  • Content of information and consultation
  • Who to consult with, including where recognised union refuses to participate
  • Interaction with Information and Consultation Regulations
  • Practical issues in managing consultation process: notification to BIS, Q&As for staff, preparing scripts for managers, privilege on advice

4.30pm 
Comfort Break

4.45pm 
WHISTLEBLOWING
Martin Chitty, Gowlings WLG LLP 

  • What amounts to a protected disclosure?
  • What is "in the public interest"?
  • Causation issues – when is detriment/dismissal by reason of the protected disclosure?
  • Remedies (including interim relief)
  • Practical matters: whistleblowing policy, whistleblowing officer, confidential telephone hotlines

5.45pm 
Close of day one

7.00pm 
Dinner

Introduction to Employment Law – Day Two
24 November 2017

Chair: David Regan, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

9.30am 
TUPE
Patrick Brodie, RPC LLP

Lecture session:

  • When a TUPE transfer may arise
  • The legal consequences of TUPE applying
  • The role of an employment lawyer in a transaction and the negotiating issues which arise in a TUPE situation
  • How TUPE may impact on individual employees and tribunal litigation

10.30am 
Tea/coffee

10.45am 
TUPE
(continued)

11.15am 
THE DISMISSAL AND DISCIPLINARY PROCESS
Charlie Frost, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Lecture session:

  • Categories of dismissal: actual/constructive, unfair, wrongful, retirement, ill-health termination, redundancy
  • The ACAS Code of Practice – application, requirements, consequences of breach; contractual procedures
  • Practical issues re disciplinary hearings, including use of witness evidence and documents, companions without prejudice, negotiations

12.15 
Tea/coffee

12.30pm 
THE DISMISSAL AND DISCIPLINARY PROCESS

(continued)

1.00pm 
Lunch

2.00pm 
MANAGING SICKNESS
Jonathan Coley, Pinsent Masons LLP

Lecture session:

  • Long term and short term sickness, disability discrimination
  • Medical testing, medical records, instructing medical experts
  • Handling disciplinary issues where employee off sick      

3.00pm 
Tea/coffee

3.15pm 
DISCRIMINATION
Claire Dawson, Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP

Lecture session:

  • Overview of the UK’s discrimination laws
  • The protected characteristics
  • Direct discrimination
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Victimisation
  • Harassment
  • Employers’ (and managers’) liability for discrimination
  • Remedies
  • How disability discrimination law differs

Comfort break at around 4.00pm

5.00pm 
Close of course