Howes Percival will be holding their popular National Employment Conference on Thursday, 18 November 2021.
This year the National Employment Conference will be held virtually starting at 9.30am and ending at 1.30pm.
This annual event is aimed at HR professionals and directors, and gives delegates an opportunity not only to receive an update on recent developments in employment law but also to attend workshops to explore key employment topics in more detail.
We are delighted to announce that this year's update on developments in employment law will be presented by Spencer Keen from Old Square Chambers. He is widely praised for being "a strategic thinker who is able to identify the key issues at the heart of cases". We are also excited to be joined by Robin White, also from Old Square Chambers, who will deliver a key note speech on transgender issues. Since her own gender transition in 2011 she has advised extensively on transgender matters and acted in a number of transgender cases for both employers and employees.
Our dedicated team of employment specialists will lead a choice of two workshops which give delegates the opportunity to share experiences and interact with other delegates.
Please register and confirm which workshop you would like to attend using the booking link below. Joining instructions will be emailed to you ahead of the day.
Date: 18 November 2021
Time: 9.30am - 1.30pm
Details: This webinar will be held via Zoom. You will receive joining instructions by email ahead of the day.
Cost: £50 plus VAT per delegate.
Workshop 1 - Future of the Workplace
As a result of the pandemic, the workplace has experienced a seismic shift towards working from home over the last 18 months. The workplace has now moved to a “post covid” phase and as some workers return to the office (or never left), other workers are continuing to work from home, at least on a part time basis. What are the employment law considerations of the new workplace? What are the issues and challenges that arise with a hybrid work force?
During the transition to the future world of work, employers will have to consider new challenges, for example, how to adapt to new technologies, how to train and manage remotely, security and data issues, an increase in flexible working requests, updating workplace policies, contracts of employment, and expenses policies. Employers will need to find solutions to new challenges, including maintaining a work place culture, combating isolation, work life balance and impacts on diversity, equality and inclusion.
This interactive session will enable fellow delegates to share views and experiences and discuss key issues regarding the future of the workplace, including the following:
- Reflecting on the pandemic and returning to work;
- What does 'place of work' mean?;
- Dealing with remote and flexible working; and
- How to manage physical and mental wellbeing.
Workshop 2 - Breaking the Taboo – Busting Menopause Myths in the Workplace
According to the CIPD, 3 out of 5 working women who are experiencing menopause symptoms say it has a negative impact on them at work. In this interactive session we are partnering with Lynda Bailey from Talking Menopause, to help delegates understand how the menopause can impact people at work, the legal implications arising from poorly responding to issues that arise as a result and practical ways to ensure menopause related issues are handled openly and successfully in the workplace.
The session will include:
- Discussing key facts about the menopause and dispelling common myths;
- Exploring the symptoms that menopause can cause and how to recognise them;
- Considering how the symptoms of menopause can impact employees in the workplace;
- Highlighting the legal risks of ignoring the impact of menopause at work;
- Exploring future changes to the law on menopause in the workplace;
- Discussing practical and proactive solutions for successful management of menopausal related issues at work; and
- Considering the benefits of encouraging an open culture regarding menopause at work.