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UK employment law training

Who should attend

This introduction to UK employment law course is aimed at all those who have responsibility for UK-based employees but are unfamiliar with employment law and HR practice in the UK, for example international HR managers and directors or inhouse employment counsel whose regional responsibility includes UK HR matters, but also UK based HR or line managers who are quite new to their role and looking for an introductory overview of how employment law shapes HR practice. It will also be useful to employers who anticipate entering the UK market and wish to develop an awareness of their potential employment responsibilities. A prior knowledge of the employment laws applicable in the UK is not required to attend this course.

Synopsis

The United Kingdom (UK) comprises the whole of the island of Great Britain (GB) - containing England, Wales and Scotland - plus Northern Ireland. However, technically, “UK employment law” is a misnomer.

There is the employment law applicable to England and Wales, which Scotland has largely adopted, although there are some notable differences, for example, relating to the interpretation of employment contracts and in employment tribunal practice and procedure. Employment law is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland which, over the last decade, has seen a divergence from the position in GB.

 
Employment law across the UK is derived from a combination of: common law principles (based upon custom and practice and judicial precedents); domestic legislation in each devolved nation (namely, Statutes and Statutory Instruments) and EU legislation (although the latter has been affected by Brexit). Bearing in mind that employment law is also constantly evolving, this means some employers can find the management of their UK workforces to be more challenging than they might have anticipated.
 
Led by lawyers with extensive experience of advising international clients, this course will provide an overview of the main employment laws in each of the devolved nations within the UK and the practical implications employers should be aware of.

Employment law across the UK is derived from a combination of: common law principles (based upon custom and practice and judicial precedents); domestic legislation in each devolved nation (namely, Statutes and Statutory Instruments) and EU legislation (although the latter has been affected by Brexit). Bearing in mind that employment law is also constantly evolving, this means some employers can find the management of their UK workforces to be more challenging than they might have anticipated.

Led by lawyers with extensive experience of advising international clients, this course will provide an overview of the main employment laws in each of the devolved nations within the UK and the practical implications employers should be aware of.

Please note that this course programme will run over two afternoons (2 x 3 hour course sessions). Day 1 will take place on 30 November 2021 and Day 2 will take place on 2 December 2021.

Day 1

Day 2

Background

  • sources of employment law
  • key players e.g. the role of trade unions, Acas/LRA, EHRC and ECNI
  • the significance of employment status

 

Day-to-day employee management (part 2)

  • managing poor performance
  • managing sickness absence

 

Getting started

  • recruitment issues: interviews, probation periods and references
  • key terms in employment contracts
  • typical benefits

Termination of employment

  • unfair and wrongful dismissals
  • employment tribunal claims and awards
  • use of settlement agreements

Day-to-day employee management (part 1)

  • anti-discrimination laws, including the unique laws in NI
  • managing discipline and grievance issues

 

Key differences in Scots and Northern Irish law

NI – mandatory registration and fair employment monitoring and reporting

Scotland-a focus on the contract of employment and employment tribunal practice and procedure.

 

Cost: £449

All prices are exclusive of VAT

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30/11/2021 - 02/12/2021
virtual online
13:00 - 16:00 (Local time)

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