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Our Employment team will be delivering practical and pragmatic training in Derby on key issues that may arise throughout the employee lifecycle.

This seminar includes advice on how to protect your business right from the start of an employee relationship with a restrictive covenant, through to the rise of employment tribunal claims and your probabilities of success.

09:00 to 09:30:

Refreshments and networking

Tea and coffee will be served, and you will have a chance to network ahead of the event. You will also have the opportunity to meet our Employment team members.

09:30 to 09:35:

Welcome

09:35 to 10:00:

Start of employment: Restrictive covenants

Every business has information that it considers vital to its success, whether that be technical knowledge about its products, or relationships with its customers. Restricting the use of this information by employees after their employment has ended is therefore often critical to the protection of your business. However, courts will not enforce restrictive covenants unless they are designed to protect a legitimate business interest and are reasonable.

In this section of the course, we will work through an example to provide you with the tools you need to ensure that the restrictive covenants you put in place for your employees at the start of their employment are enforceable at the end of their employment.

10:00 to 10:25:

During employment (part one): Disability discrimination

Discrimination laws protect a wide range of individuals within the field of employment, and it can sometimes be difficult to know what your responsibilities as an employer are.

In this section of the course, we will focus on disability discrimination; and we will look at a recently decided case which comments on how much employers are expected to do to ascertain whether an employee is disabled. It is clear that it is not sufficient to simply rely on the fact that an employee has not explicitly told you they are disabled, so we will look at what an employer will be expected to do in these types of situation. We will also work through a real-life example from which you will identify potential discrimination and how it can be avoided.

10:25 to 10:35:

Break

10:35 to 10:55:

During employment (part two): Covert recordings

Employers often ask whether recordings made by an employee without the employer’s knowledge is admissible as evidence at Tribunal. The answer, whilst it may seem unfair, is “yes”. We are seeing a sharp rise in the number of employees who are choosing to covertly record meetings with their employers, some of which are landing employers in rather hot water as things are said that would not necessarily be reflected in the minutes.

In this section of the course, we look at the admissibility of covert recordings, and how to deal with situations where an employee has covertly recorded a meeting.

10:55 to 11:20:

End of employment: Harassment

Harassment, particularly sexual harassment, is something which has frequently been in the news in recent times and has the potential to be very reputationally damaging for the person or organisation accused of such behaviour.

In this section of the course, we will explore what harassment is and who is protected. We will look at various forms of harassment, and we will work through a practical example to enable you to identify when and if harassment occurs in your workplace, and how to deal with it.

11:20 to 11:30:

Break

11:30 to 11:45:

After Employment: Employment tribunals

Prior to July 2017, an employee would be required to pay fees to the tribunal of up to £1,200 to bring an employment tribunal claim. However, in July 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that those fees were unlawful and they were abolished. It is now free for an employee to bring an employment tribunal claim. As you would expect, (despite there being a mandatory additional step of engaging in Acas early conciliation) the number of employees and workers bringing employment tribunal claims has increased dramatically, as there is no longer a financial barrier to make an employee stop to think whether it is worth their while.

In this section of the course, we will take a look at the current situation facing our tribunals, and we will look at steps you can take to reduce your liability should you find yourself in a situation where you are facing tribunal proceedings.

11:45 to 12:00:

On the horizon

Employment law is constantly changing and evolving.  In this section of the course, we will review what is on the horizon for employment law.

12:00:

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Tuesday

19

November 2019

Location: Derby Arena, DE24 8JB

Time: 09:00 to 12:00

Cost: £40.00 including VAT

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