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HR compliance: purpose and risk

Who should attend

This course is primarily aimed at individuals who are transferring into HR or those with some HR generalist experience who are developing specialist knowledge in employment law. We assume basic familiarity with employment rights.


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

There are many models through which HR support the line and the senior management team. But there are also core principles and HR protocols that help you through most everyday challenges. Led by a seasoned HR professional and an employment lawyer – this course covers the importance of a fair process, pragmatic HR advice and how following good practice reduces legal risk.

Day one: Employer responsibility and HR styles

HR and the law

  • the employers duty of care and employee rights
  • contracts, terms and conditions
  • health and wellbeing
  • policies and procedures
  • powers of the employment tribunal
  • powers of regulators
  • vicarious liability and reputational risk

The HR role – compliant enabler

  • business relevant HR
  • organisation values, culture and ‘the moral conscience’
  • support for senior management
  • support for line managers: different models
  • influence and giving internal advice

HR professionalism and conduct

  • model behaviour and styles
  • impartiality and objectivity
  • consistency and discretion
  • emotion and pastoral care
  • confidentiality

Inclusive workplaces

  • inclusion and recruitment
  • gender, race, disability, age, religion and sexual orientation
  • flexibility: health, family and care
  • promoting and retaining diverse talent
  • awareness of bias
  • bullying and harassment

Collecting, using and retaining data

  • what is employee data?
  • storage and access
  • how you can, and cannot, use personal data
  • employee rights to privacy, access to data and consent

At the end of day one there will be dinner and drinks

Day two: Key functions and legal risk

  • how HR can drive performance
  • the pitfalls of a performance management process that is not adhered to
  • recognising good performance
  • development needs: conversations and actions
  • under performance or misconduct?

Complaints, grievances and investigation

  • HR impartiality
  • evidence and reasonableness
  • when informality becomes formal
  • encouragement, correction or termination
  • appeals

Business change, HR and pragmatism

  • staff communication
  • identifying the HR issues in a reorganisation or acquisition
  • consultation; purpose and requirements
  • distinguishing between individual and collective consultation and approach to both

Difficult issues

  • firm management or bullying?
  • misconduct or capability?
  • overlapping processes
  • multiple grievances
  • reasonable adjustments: duty and options
  • difficult conversations: approach and preparation
  • long-term absence and mental ill-health
  • subject access requests

Making a difference (group discussion)

  • what the best HR people do: from a compliance perspective

Download the full HR compliance purpose and risk training programme.

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Details of speakers can be found on the above flyer.

Cost: £799

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 5%

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16/10/2019 - 17/10/2019
09:30 - 16:30 (Local time)
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