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Eversheds Sutherland training and events

Eversheds Sutherland provide thought-leading briefings and conferences, as well as core courses, to help practitioners develop their understanding of law and regulation in the workplace. We work with independent experts and government agencies to help organisations understand new legal requirements prior to implementation dates. We also aim to help delegates with their own personal professional development and to encourage better practice.

In addition, we provide a wide selection of free breakfast briefings, events and webinars. 

Upcoming events, webinars and training

  • 14th annual Labour relations conference - Fair rights, effective representation?

    There is evidence that employers and investors, are listening to what Theresa May has had to say about employment and pay, and reforming their practices. It also appears that political change in the EU and the USA have not had the economic consequences that were predicted. Timed to follow the TUC and party conferences, this conference addresses the impact of international developments on the UK labour market.
  • Addiction and work - disciplinary or health issues (with Alcohol Concern)

    Addiction is not new but there is now much greater awareness of its impact in the workplace and a recognition that the workplace may contribute to, for example, substance abuse. Half of UK adults drink too much. Ten per cent of adults have used illicit drugs in the past year, including 'smart drugs'. While most of us like a flutter, there are around half a million compulsive gamblers in the UK. The odds are that most HR professionals will deal with the consequences of addictive behaviour.
  • Adjustments - What is reasonable?

    When a disabled job applicant or employee is ‘substantially’ disadvantaged, the employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments. The difficulty is that what is ‘reasonable’ depends upon the circumstances of each case, and upon the size and resources of the employer. In addition, line-managers are frequently asked to consider a range of individual requests for flexibility which may appear to amount to ‘special treatment’.
  • Advanced employee investigation interview skills and tactics

    In recognition of the rising expectations judges have of an employer's investigation process and documentation, and the ever increasing complexity of some employee investigations, more and more organisations are recognising that the conduct of investigations is a specialist role, and developing in-house teams of dedicated management investigators.
  • Are Your Student Contracts and Collaborative Arrangements Compliant with Consumer Law?

    The consumer law framework in the UK has undergone major reform which directly affects further and higher education providers and the “student contract”. This legislative reform has come at the same time as scrutiny by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) of higher education providers’ compliance with consumer law as it applies to the student contract.
  • Austrian employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Although there are similarities, it is dangerous to consider the German and Austrian employment law systems to be one and the same. Austrian law is distinct in many ways, most importantly in relation to probationary periods, the termination of employment contracts and severance. There are also sufficient differences in contract law to make the use of one model employment contract, for German and Austrian employees, a potentially expensive error for employers.
  • Avoiding victimisation - infamy, infamy...

    This Avoiding victimisation briefing will cover: - what victimisation is and is not - detriments that amount to victimisation - getting over a disagreement: rebuilding trust - 'baseless grievances’: serious implications of incorrect handling - case examples and significant penalties
  • Belgian employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    An employer found guilty of discrimination by a Belgian court can face a sentence of up to one year in prison. There is no concept of redundancy in Belgium and no concept of unfair dismissal either.
  • Business immigration update - UK visa sponsorship and licence management

    This Business immigration update - UK visa sponsorship and licence management training course is relevant to HR and recruitment professionals from Tier 2 and 5 sponsors (including potential sponsors) who use the sponsor management system or have responsibility for a sponsor licence. Knowledge of the points-based system is assumed.
  • Central and Eastern European HR: employment law in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia

    The Central and Eastern European ("CEE") countries have distinctive employment law frameworks which an increasing number of HR practitioners and in-house lawyers must come to terms with.
  • Contracting risks for education sector clients

    All educational institutions will enter into a myriad of contractual relationships in the course of running their organisation. And with the internationalisation of the sector those relationships are becoming increasingly complex.
  • Crime and HR - External investigators

    Organisations can be the victim of crime. They can also be the perpetrators. Employees can offend wittingly, or unwittingly, at work or in their private lives and wrong-doing can also be uncovered postemployment. HR is often the first to know when something is not right but their instinct to protect the employer and/or the employee may not be the right thing to do and may cause harm.
  • Developing effective IP policies

    This seminar is aimed at executives, in-house legal counsel and other with IP/contract responsibility within universities and other educational institutions and organisations.
  • Driving for work - policies, investigation and the law

    Driving for work is the most common risk in workplace health and safety, resulting in over a hundred serious injuries per week*.
  • Dutch employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    It is commonly believed that it is difficult and expensive to terminate an employment contract in the Netherlands. Employee rights are well protected under Dutch law, especially in dismissal cases, but employers are able to swiftly adjust staff levels in their company to changes, for example a fluctuation in workload. A wide variety of options are available for employers to hire people in a flexible manner provided that the rules are used properly.
  • Education health and safety seminar

    Against the backdrop of the now well established fees for intervention and more recently, significant increases in fines for health and safety offences, we will look at some of the key risks faced in the education sector.
  • Employee investigations training

    Employment tribunals expect employers to show that they have undertaken a fair and thorough investigation of complaints. This investigation can be time-consuming and complicated. However, if carried out early and correctly, an investigation should contain a problem and minimise distraction from the business.
  • Employee relations - working effectively with your union and employee representatives

    A decline in industrial action and a trend within HR functions toward specialism, means that many senior managers lack experience of working with unions and employee representatives.
  • Employing military veterans: inclusive employment workshop

    This morning workshop will have a particular focus on recruiting military veterans. You will have the opportunity to hear from businesses about how they have benefited from recruiting former military personnel and how they have gone about it.
  • Essential employment law for HR professionals

    HR professionals and managers need to understand the legal framework that underpins the employment relationship.
  • Essential immigration law training for employers - law and practice

    This course covers the UK immigration system in the context of employment. We consider the employee life cycle for migrants, highlighting areas of law that apply, competing risks and penalties.
  • Essentials of Auto-enrolment - employer and employee responsibilities (with The Pensions Regulator)

    Auto-enrolment has led to pensions becoming a mainstream HR function and indeed HR has contributed to its success to date. Employers have ongoing responsibilities to assess the eligibility of staff, make contributions, re-enrol those who have opted-out and manage your scheme provider.
  • European HR: cross-border employment law

    Managing teams of people is challenging at the best of times. Working across European borders is even more difficult due to cultural and legal differences.
  • Eversheds Sutherland forum for female in-house lawyers

    Carrie is a networking forum open to all female in-house lawyers. Our network is named after Carrie Morrison, the first woman to be admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, in 1922. Events are free to attend.
  • French employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Based on the Napoleonic code and amended by statute ever since, French employment law is markedly different from the UK’s.
  • German employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Germany is a major trading partner for many countries throughout the world, not to mention the most important single market in the European Union.
  • Health and Safety Summer School - Health as well as safety

    The Health and Safety Executive is ‘targeting workplace inspection activity on risk reduction, including a sustained focus on health risks’. Good employers have always been concerned about employee wellbeing and recently this responsibility has mainstreamed, with better practice now more widespread.
  • HR adviser: pragmatic risk reduction

    Modern HR thinking encourages HR professionals to take wider business roles and for business managers to enter the HR function. This course is aimed at managers who need a better understanding of practical HR compliance and HRs distinct position as trusted adviser
  • HR Summer School - ethical HR

    People are ‘the greatest asset’ but they also make mistakes. HR share responsibility for recruiting, developing and promoting staff and rewarding the ‘right’ behaviours. As such, they can have a defining influence on the ethical culture which prevails in their organisation, including that of suppliers.
  • Immigration law: tier 4 sponsor obligations - update for education institutions

    Education providers who sponsor international students must be Tier 4 sponsor licence holders and permission to sponsor students to study in the UK is a privilege. Tier 4 has been subject to a number of significant changes recently, including partnership arrangements, academic progression and UK Visas and Immigration enforcement action.
  • International assignments - contracts, visas and tax

    Political change, including Brexit, has had an immediate impact on business migration and immigration in terms of eligibility to work, the right to remain and currency fluctuations which influence reward. This briefing highlights the employment, immigration and tax requirements that must be considered when sending an employee to work abroad, or when bringing an employee into the UK.
  • Introduction to Defined Benefit pensions: running a DB scheme

    Pension scheme trustees are required to have a knowledge and understanding of: the law relating to pensions and trusts, the principles relating to scheme funding and investment.
  • Introduction to Defined Contribution pensions: running a DC scheme

    Pension scheme trustees are required by law to have a knowledge and understanding of: – the law relating to pensions and trusts – the principles relating to scheme funding and investment
  • Introduction to UAE employment law (excluding DIFC)

    Increasing numbers of HR professionals have responsibility for employees working in the Gulf and the United Arab Emirates in particular. This course provides a general overview of the federal employment law and administrative procedures in the UAE excluding Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
  • Irish employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    The Irish and UK legal systems have many similarities. However, in an employment context those similarities can be deceptive.
  • Italian employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Italy probably has the most complex employment law in Europe. Did you know that in Italy: there are more than 400 national collective agreements in force; four different categories of employees, all subject to specific (and different) rules and regulations; and that unfair dismissal claims can, and do, result in compulsory reinstatement and awards of more than 40 months of salary?
  • Job stress - reduction and inspection

    The Health and Safety Executive’s 2016 strategy gives the same priority to health as it does to safety, and there will be a renewed focus on the Stress Management Standards. HSE inspectors will become more attentive to work-related ill health and we may see greater use of improvement notices.
  • Key Tier 2 immigration sponsor obligations webinar for education institutions

    Education providers who employ or who wish to employ migrant workers need to be Tier 2 sponsor licence holders.
  • Key Tier 4 immigration sponsor obligations webinar for education institutions

    Education providers who teach or wish to teach international students need to be Tier 4 sponsor licence holders. Tier 4 has been subject to a number of important changes recently and this trend is likely to continue especially with the Government saying that it will review whether the student immigration rules should be tailored to the quality of the course and the educational institution.
  • Long Term Sickness Absence and Disability Discrimination

    Managing long term sickness absence involves a difficult balancing act between helping the employee return to work and deciding when the time has been reached when the institution can no longer put up with the absence.
  • Managing investigations in an academic setting

    Regulatory bodies, employment tribunals and courts increasingly expect institutions to show that they have undertaken a fair and thorough investigation as part of any formal employment [or student] related procedure, whether arising from, for example, staff [or student] grievances/complaints, bullying and harassment allegations, ‘whistleblowing’ disclosures or potential misconduct.
  • Managing staff change and reorganisation - a practical guide

    In the current economic climate with the potential financial implications of Brexit for the sector, the area review process in FE and the potential impact of TEF and proposed changes to REF in HE, institutions may face the need to restructure, including the consideration of redundancies and/or changing terms and conditions of employment.
  • Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) employment law training

    Scandinavian countries have a shared history, a tradition of working together on legislative issues and a similar approach to welfare. Citizens of Nordic states can pass across each other’s borders and they understand each other’s language. But despite the similarity of legal structures and solutions, there are significant differences, to the extent that lawyers tend to specialise in one jurisdiction only.
  • Procurement update series 2017: Authority events

    Contracting authority focused events will be available across a number of our offices:
  • Procurement update series 2017: Bidders event

    Bidders event programme
  • Real Estate Training Programme

    The Eversheds Sutherland Real Estate Dispute Resolution Training Programme is a comprehensive course of training sessions aimed at the junior and mid level members of your team.
  • Responding to Allegations of Sexual Assault Affecting Students - Some key legal and practical challenges

    In this seminar we will consider how further and higher education institutions should respond to allegations of sexual assault affecting students such as where a student discloses that they have been the subject of an assault or a student is alleged to be the perpetrator of an assault.
  • Safety incident responses - inquests and court appearances (with Alder and Henderson Chambers)

    When something goes wrong, the way an organisation responds, from the moment after the incident, all the way through the court process, is watched, recorded, analysed and judged.
  • Sales agents as a route to market: benefits and pitfalls

    Businesses commonly use third party marketing and sales agents to promote or sell their products to customers as part of their sales network. They may be seen as an alternative to employees – effectively an outsourced sales force – in the belief that the formalities and responsibilities of the ‘employer’ are much reduced.
  • South African employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    The previous South African regime was characterised by denial of workers’ rights and inequality. To redress the balance, the South African Government has introduced various pieces of labour legislation which employers have had to implement.
  • Spanish employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Spanish and UK labour systems differ greatly. Spanish employment law is mainly based on the regulations contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement in force in the market sector. Sometimes a specific CBA can be negotiated for one company with the trade unions and employee representatives.
  • Strategic performance management – promoting a high performance culture

    Managing performance and promoting a high performance culture is a key sector issue, especially given the importance of external and regulatory factors such as the proposed changes to REF, the introduction of TEF, Ofsted, QAA and league tables. However, managing performance is an area which institutions have traditionally found difficult to deal with and managers and HR may not necessarily be fully equipped to deal with the challenges involved in this process.
  • Swiss employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Switzerland is chosen by many multinational companies as a base for their European or global cross-border business activities, largely because of its advantageous investment climate.
  • TUPE principles and practice

    Employment lawyers find TUPE laws complex and difficult, so it is not surprising that HR professionals do too. We consider the perspective of the outgoing employer in a TUPE transfer, the incoming employer, affected employees and the role of HR throughout.

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