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Employment Law Events announced for 2014

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2013 saw the Employment Team events calendar expand due to their growing popularity, and 2014 is looking to be just as promising with more informative and enjoyable events ahead.  Employment Partner, Sarah Whitemore, tells us what can be expected this year, and why delegates won’t be disappointed.

2014 will take the same format as the events calendar in 2013 with four free seminars, three masterclasses, a Mock Employment Tribunal and three Tribunal Field Trips.  This formula offers something for everyone, whether it’s a morning overview session at a seminar, a morning looking in more depth at the legislation in a masterclass, or spending a day in a live Employment Tribunal.

The free seminars run for approximately 2 ½ hours during a morning, looking at current legislation and offering advice to the attendees.  The first of our seminars is on 12th March, entitled Employment Law Under the Microscope reflecting on the many changes implemented in 2013, and how your business needs to be working to ensure you’re operating legally.  We review grievance and disciplinary procedures in our Gruelling Grievances seminar on 2nd July, sickness and absence policies in Does Absence Really Make the Heart Grow Fonder? on 17th September, and we’ll finish the year with our Family Fortunes seminar on 19th November where we will present on the family regulations that are due to be implemented in 2015, and how employers can prepare for those.

The masterclasses are also run over a morning session, however they are presented to a smaller group allowing the Employment Team to look in more depth at the particular area of legislation and offer more individual support.  It’s due to this more tailored approached that these events are charged for, at the price of just £120+VAT per place.  Our masterclasses in 2014 will be looking at three key areas; Transfer Deadline on 21st May will inform delegates on the regulations around Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) otherwise known as TUPE, the importance of staff handbooks and employment contracts in Read the Manual on 16th July, and how to resolve workplace disputes in Conflicting Colleagues on 8th October.

Our Tribunal Field Trips are full day events, and are charged at £190+VAT per place.  These are invaluable events if you know you are going to be faced with an Employment Tribunal in the near future or you just want to be prepared for any eventuality, as they show employment law in its real environment.  The dates for the Field Trips in 2014 are 11th February, 10th June and 21st October.   If you can’t spare a full day out of the workplace but are still keen to see how an Employment Tribunal works, then our Mock Employment Tribunal on 1st April offers exactly that.  We will be joined for the morning by our colleagues at Pump Court Chambers who will enact a tribunal hearing for our guests, with the added bonus of being able to halt the tribunal at any time to answer those burning questions from the guests, and give commentary on what is happening.

For many of the events the Employment Team are joined by guest speakers, who help to bring a different perspective on the topic at hand.  While legal events may have the stigma of being dull or dry, we can guarantee nothing can be further from the truth regarding our calendar as we offer fully engaging and interactive methods so our delegates leave the session feeling they have learned something new, they know how to implement any changes in their own particular business, but they’ve also had fun and met new people in the process.

For more information or to book, you can contact Karen Hill at, or you can call the Employment Team on 02380 717 717.


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