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Past events

Tackling GDPR in the employment context – interactive workshop

The introduction of GDPR on 25 May 2018 represents the biggest shake-up of data protection and privacy law in decades.

It will radically change how we view and deal with employee personal data. A key change is that employers will effectively no longer rely upon “consent” from employees to process their data, in what is set to be a major change, and will need to have tools in place to meet requests to be forgotten.

Faced with significantly more obligations, including the need to provide much more detailed information to employees, and eye-watering fines (of up to 4 per cent annual global turnover or €20 million, whichever is greater) for non-compliance, it is vital that all employers understand the new rules and are ready to comply with them.

We are pleased to invite you to one of our interactive workshops, designed to help in-house counsel and senior HR practitioners get to grips with the new obligations. We will take a pragmatic look at what essentials require to be done prior to 25 May 2018 as well as looking at the impact GDPR is likely to have, once introduced.

During the workshop, we will review:

  • the impact on recruitment practices, including vetting candidates’ social media use and reference checking;
  • how to deal with existing contracts of employment which give “consent” for processing (and what steps to take to address this);
  • the detailed “privacy notices” that must now be provided to employees and other individuals;
  • the new requirements to report breaches of data security to the ICO (and in some cases to individuals as well);
  • the changes to subject access requests and new rights being introduced for individuals;
  • the significant fines that may be imposed for breaches and likely approach to enforcement; and
  • overview of the additional requirements for contracts with data processors (such as payroll providers) being introduced.

The session will cover the above questions and provide an opportunity for attendees to talk about GDPR challenges affecting their businesses with lawyers at Dentons.

The workshop will be preceded by a breakfast buffet and an opportunity to network.

We are holding these interactive workshops across our UK offices on the following dates:

Edinburgh – Tuesday 30 January 2018
8.00am-10.30am
Dentons, Quartermile One, 15 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9EP

Glasgow – Wednesday 31 January 2018
8.00am-10.30am
Dentons, 1 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1AL

Aberdeen – Thursday 1 February 2018
8.00am-10.30am
Dentons, The Capitol, 431 Union Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6DA

Milton Keynes – Tuesday 6 February 2018
8.30am-10.30am
Dentons, The Pinnacle, 170 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1FE

London – Wednesday 7 February 2018
8.30am-10.30am
Dentons, One Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7RA

If you would like to come along, please contact uk.events@dentons.com to RSVP stating the workshop and location that you would like to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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 You be the Judge: Mock employment trial in the High Court with David Reade QC – Wednesday 4 October 2017

We are pleased to invite you to this interactive workshop where we will run a mock High Court trial of an employee competition case – where the members of the audience are the judges. The session, aimed at in-house counsel and HR professionals, will offer an insight as to how disputes involving employees moving to a competitor play out in practice.

We are delighted to be joined by David Reade QC, Charlene Hawkins and Charlotte Davies of Littleton Chambers, a leading set of employment and commercial barristers’ chambers.  David Reade QC will play the part of High Court judge and the audience will compete in teams to see who comes closest to his judgment.  We hope you can join us for what will be an exciting session and a wonderful opportunity to see leading counsel in action.

If you would like to attend this event, please email uk.events@dentons.com.

Event Schedule

8.30am – Registration and breakfast
9.00am – Workshop starts
10.30am – Workshop ends

Date & Time

Wednesday 4 October 2017
8.30am – 10.30am

Location

Dentons
One Fleet Place
London,
EC4M 7RA | Map

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Getting to grips with the gig economy

Flexible working and employer obligations

The law has struggled to keep up with modern working practices, resulting in considerable confusion as to the status of contractors, casual workers and other staff engaged flexibly.  In addition, employers need to be on top of the special protection afforded to fixed-term employees and part-time workers if they are to avoid costly litigation.

This interactive workshop is designed to help in-house counsel and HR practitioners understand employers’ obligations towards different categories of staff, and how to mitigate risks associated with modern working arrangements.

During this workshop, we will review:

  • the difference between employees, workers and self-employed contractors, and why it matters;
  • how to minimise the risk of contractors being deemed to be employees;
  • the use of personal service companies – employment, tax and IR35; and
  • additional protections to be mindful of when it comes to fixed-term contracts and part-time working.

The first part of the session will be a brief presentation, followed by a discussion in small groups which will allow attendees a chance to talk about any challenges affecting their business and to apply their knowledge to real life scenarios.

This event was held in our London office on June 29, 2017 and in our Milton Keynes office on July 4, 2017 from 08:30am – 10:30am.

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Annual employment law update – April 2017

The employment landscape is one that is constantly shifting. Employers who fail to keep up with the changes do so at their peril.

This seminar is designed to help in-house counsel and HR practitioners get to grips with key recent and forthcoming developments in employment, pensions and immigration law and practice and what they mean for your workforce. During this presentation, we will review:

  • gender pay gap reporting – where we are now;
  • the top employment cases of 2016 and 2017 and their implications for your business;
  • legislative changes on the horizon, including employment tribunal reform, the Trade Union Act, the apprenticeship levy, and changes to the taxation of termination payments;
  • recent developments in pensions law, including how some of your (non-pension) employment policies could end up in front of the Pensions Ombudsman, and what this means;
  • changes to the immigration landscape for employers of EEA nationals and non-EEA nationals; and
  • a brief review of the latest in health and safety law, including the new Sentencing Guidelines for safety offences and the HSE’s increased powers to charge for time spent regulating companies under the “fees for intervention” regime.

The seminar will be preceded by a breakfast buffet, and an opportunity to network. Following the presentation, we will run a complimentary legal clinic, at which you can ask a member of the team any tricky questions you may be grappling with at the moment.

This event was held in our London office on April 27, 2017 and in our Milton Keynes office on April 25, 2017 from 08:30am – 10:30am.

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Employee Competition: Best Practice For Your Business

This interactive workshop shared practical insights from our extensive experience advising clients on the fallout from misbehaving employees. Whether your business is the poacher or the gamekeeper, we revealed the key tactical assessments that your business needs to make to put it in the strongest possible position.

The programme covered:

  • Restrictive covenants and garden leave;
  • Poaching and gamekeeping in practice – what really happens; and
  • Remedies and outcomes.

This event was held in our Milton Keynes office on October 6, 2016 and in our London office on October 13, 2016 from 08:30am – 10:30am.

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Everything you need to know about outsourcing and TUPE – June/July 2016

Anyone involved in negotiating and implementing outsourcing and offshoring arrangements will probably view the TUPE Regulations as a minefield of uncertainty with no discernible benefits. Getting it wrong can be costly and lead to real headaches for customers and service providers alike.

This interactive workshop, aimed at in-house lawyers and HR practitioners, and designed to demonstrate how TUPE can be utilised constructively to assist parties in handling the difficult employment issues that arise in the context of outsourcing and offshoring.

The programme covered:

  • How TUPE applies to offshoring and multi-sourcing scenarios
  • What to consider when negotiating in outsourcing situations
  • Making best use of the TUPE Schedule
  • Managing information and consultation obligations
  • Pre-transfer collective redundancy consultation
  • Strategies for avoiding the application of TUPE

This event was held in our Milton Keynes office on June 30, 2016 and in our London office on July 5, 2016 from 08:30am – 10:30am.

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Annual employment law update – April 2016

The employment law landscape is one that is constantly shifting. Employers who fail to keep up with the changes do so at their peril. This seminar, designed to help in-house counsel and senior HR practitioners get to grips with key recent and forthcoming developments in employment law and what they mean for your workforce.

During this presentation, we reviewed:

  • the top employment cases of 2015 and 2016 and their implications for your business;
  • key legislative changes – the National Living Wage, the Modern Slavery Act and the Trade Union Bill; and
  • gender pay gap reporting – what you need to be doing now.

Following the presentation, we ran a complimentary legal clinic, for you to ask a member of the team any tricky questions you may be grappling with at the moment.

This event was held in our Milton Keynes office on April 20, 2016 and in our London office on April 27, 2016 from 08:30am – 10:30am.