Howes Percival will be holding their popular National Employment Conference on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester, Northamptonshire.
This annual event gives delegates the opportunity not only to receive an update on recent developments in employment law by respected employment law barrister Caspar Glyn QC, but also to attend workshops to explore key employment topics in more detail.
Our dedicated team of employment law specialists will lead the workshops which give delegates the opportunity to share experiences.
The Employment Team at Howes Percival is rated in the 'top tier' in the latest edition of the Legal 500.
AGENDA: 09:00: Registration and Breakfast 09:30: Employment Law Update presented by Caspar Glyn QC 11:15: Workshops - Tribunal Training / Sex Discrimination in the Workplace 13:00: Lunch 14:00: Workshops - Flexing or Vexing? /Redundancy Refresher 16:00 - Finish
Please confirm in your reservation your choice of one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop, as well as any dietary requirements.
WORKSHOPS - MORNING SESSIONS
1. Tribunal Training – tips, tricks and tactics
With the removal of the tribunal fee regime last year, the increase in the number of tribunal claims has been dramatic and significant. With the number of claims still on the rise, this workshop aims to help take the fear out of defending employment tribunal claims and will unravel the mysteries surrounding tribunal practice and procedure. In this workshop we will provide:
A step-by-step guide to the employment tribunal process;
An understanding of your role in defending claims;
Advice on why it is important to proactively management claims;
Strategies and tactics to ensure you achieve the results you want in a cost-effective way; and
Advice on how to prepare for the challenges which any future claims may bring.
2. Sex Discrimination in the Workplace - a new era?
Are you fostering an inclusive workplace? Recent high-profile accusations in Hollywood and Westminster and the results of workplace surveys have highlighted sexual harassment is prevalent in a variety of industries. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees do not face harassment and can be liable for the actions of their employees. This interactive workshop and discussion group will explore the legal and practical issues around sexual harassment and look at steps to promote an inclusive culture which fosters equality, with a view to protecting against future claims including:
The key legal concepts of sex discrimination;
Responsibilities of an employer;
How to handle complaints of sexual harassment;
Conducting workplace investigations;
Dealing with matters involving third parties and events outside the workplace;
The impact of culture, policies and training.
WORKSHOPS - AFTERNOON SESSIONS
1. Flexing or Vexing? Dealing with flexible working requests
Employers are increasingly facing more and more requests for flexible working from their employees and this is becoming an increasing business challenge. A hasty decision about flexible working can in certain instances lead to claims for discrimination, constructive or unfair dismissal and even automatic unfair dismissal or detriment claims. In this session, we will explore a range of issues that can arise when dealing with flexible working requests and provide tips on how best to approach such requests and how to better protect yourselves when facing potential claims. In particular, we will explore:
The statutory business reasons for rejecting flexible working requests;
How to ensure you avoid claims when dealing with requests;
Why it is important not to approach such requests negatively or defensively;
The danger of making assumptions;
Why you should not always dwell too much on the reason for the request;
Why setting a precedent is irrelevant; and
Why you can and should think creatively when dealing with such requests.
2. Redundancy Refresher - ensuring a fair dismissal
In this session delegates will be guided through the key aspects of a fair redundancy process and dismissal. Through case studies, we will help delegates to understand best practice and provide practical tips to ensure a smooth redundancy process. We will also tackle some of the more difficult issues associated with redundancies including:
When to collectively consult and how to do so correctly;
Choosing fair selection criteria and how to apply them;
How to consult with employees on maternity leave or long-term sick leave;
Suitable alternative employment and its significance; and
What is bumping?
Cost £300 plus VAT per delegate. The price includes breakfast on arrival, lunch, tea/coffee and refreshments. An invoice will be raised at the time of booking.
Book before 1 May 2018 and receive one place free for every paid place booked (ie. book 2 delegates for £300+VAT, book 4 delegates for £600+VAT).