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Past events

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.