Forthcoming events and seminars
- How often is a new Government policy described as revolutionary, and how often is it really true? No one expected George Osborne to overhaul the tax rules for DC pensions in the Budget. In a few moments, he transformed retirement for all those who have yet to retire. The requirement to secure a guaranteed income was swept away in favour of a fundamental willingness to trust people with their own money.
- All employers face the prospect of a workplace accident. The severity of the incident may range from a slip or trip in which no serious harm occurs through to a more critical event where an employee or third party is badly hurt.
- 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.
- The last few years have seen a raft of changes in the regulatory arena, with some emerging at European level and others from the Financial Conduct Authority. With so many apparent changes to the rules and the increased regulatory focus on conduct, culture and customer outcomes, legal and compliance professionals now need to consider an ever growing number of rules and regulations in their day-to-day roles.
Central and Eastern European HR - Employment law in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and SlovakiaThe 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.
- One in four of the UK working population has a criminal record, and 34% of British males will have a criminal conviction by the time they are 30*
- The Government’s wide ranging Employment Law Review is drawing to a close, but there are still significant legal developments to come. The Shared Parental Leave Regulations come into effect on 1 December 2014, and will require HR to rewrite current policies and adjust to a completely new regime. Media attention around whistle-blowing and zero hours contracts has compelled the Government to consider how to intervene, with announcements expected soon.
- It is increasingly acceptable to vilify company directors. The media and public opinion appears to have lost patience with the leaders of organisations avoiding responsibility.
- 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.
- This Summer School is aimed at HR teams and college and university leaders with responsibility for employment issues. Drawing on experts with specialist insights, we will bring you up-to-date on recent trends and legal developments which have a particular impact on workforce planning in academic institutions. This course is an opportunity to discuss with peers, in pleasant surrounds, some of the topical HR issues currently affecting those working in the education sector.
- 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.
- It is 20 years since organisations first had to embrace self-assessment of the health and safety risks inherent in their operation, and put in place measures to eliminate or minimise them where ‘reasonably practicable’.
- The passing of more, new legislation has been a favoured approach to enforce better practice.
- It is increasingly common for employers to recruit non-UK employees or to require their employees to work abroad. Most employers in this age of international labour mobility require knowledge of the immigration system in the UK.
- Financial services is under the political and media microscope as never before. There are now two strong, very active and interventionist financial services regulators. The FCA is gradually taking on additional responsibilities (consumer credit, payments, competition etc) and is levying record retail conduct fines.
- “Gizza job!”* Anyone who remembers the painful economic and labour market reforms of the early 1980s will also remember Yosser Hughes’ plea for a job, any job.
- The new Health & Work Service (HWS) is expected to be rolled out from the end of 2014, providing automatic, State-funded, health assessments and advice for most employees (and their employers and GPs) after four weeks of sickness absence – an estimated one million people every year. The Service is expected to be of particular help to those employers without access to occupational health – but there will be implications for all employers.
- Employment tribunals increasingly expect employers to show that they have undertaken a fair and thorough investigation of complaints that are made about or by employees.
- Pension scheme trustees are required by law to have a knowledge and understanding of the law relating to pensions and trusts and the principles relating to scheme funding and investment.
- Looking back over the past 12 months, we have seen unprecedented levels of change in the field of public sector pensions. The LGPS has been the first scheme to successfully implement new CARE benefits, we have seen consultation on the potential pooling of investments, new governance requirements for public service schemes and new Fair Deal guidance opening public service schemes to private sector employers.
- As consumer awareness of the provisions of section 75 and section 56 of the Consumer Credit Act grows and Claims Management Companies move into this area, we are seeing an increase in claims and new issues and types of claims arising.
- Senior management standards are under the spotlight as never before. The changes that will be introduced under the banking reform legislation, especially the new PRA and FCA arrangements expected to come into effect during 2015, will be very significant for deposit-takers, their senior management and their staff. Regulators are no longer content with levying fines on firms, which some firms might see as a cost of doing business, and are focusing increasingly on individual responsibility.
- Two million working mothers are the biggest earners in their families, a rise of 80% in the last 15 years*. The new shared parental leave regime will apply to babies due from April 2015. This means that conceptions from July 2014 fall under the new rules. As the joy of the news of a new arrival gives way to practical thoughts about how to cope, employers can expect to face questions from their employees from early 2015 – if not before.
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