Our 2nd Annual Legal Update of 2016 will be led by Simon Whysall of Altor Employment Solicitors. This year’s event will cover the introduction of the long awaited gender pay gap reporting duties in October 2016. Our speakers will provide a legal analysis of the draft regulations and provide practical guidance from a senior diversity specialist at PWC, one of the few businesses to have carried out voluntary pay gap reporting to date. It will cover the practical aspects of reporting, such as data protection and confidentiality as well as PWC’s experience of analysing the data and taking action in response.
The legal update will cover a detailed analysis of the hottest topical cases for HR professionals: Ramphal – the case that potentially limits what HR professionals can do in disciplinary meetings and the extent to which this changes pre-existing practices; the latest in Lock v British Gas – how are employers now required to calculate holiday pay and the current law on paying for commission, overtime and other allowances; the Supreme Court’s decision in Cox and Mohamud, concerning an employer’s liability for the violent assault of a customer by an employee; plus the latest and most impacting case decisions in the world of discrimination, unfair dismissal and TUPE.
The update will cover recent and impending changes in legislation to include the new living wage and cover the latest positon on zero hours contracts, changes to the taxation of termination payments, grandparents’ leave and an employer’s obligations under the 2015 Modern Slavery Act.
Simon Whysall, 19 years’ experience in private practice, is a Partner of Altor Employment Solicitors.
Rated in Band 1 by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners 2015: Simon Whysall stands out as a leading employment adviser…. thanks to his “prompt responses, positive client relationships,” and, “detailed approach to any issue raised.” One source offered extensive praise for his wide-ranging work: “He is very knowledgeable, he deals with issues thoroughly, and he keeps a close eye on things to ensure the best result for us. Good, commercial advice.”
Simon has always practised as a specialist employment solicitor and was a Partner and the Head of the Employment and Benefits practice in the Milton Keynes office of Dentons for 10 years from April 2006 and before that he practised in two leading London based law firms.
Simon advises on all aspects of employment law and has particular expertise on employment litigation in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, restructures, business wide changes to employee contracts, TUPE, collective consultation issues, the employment aspects of outsourcing projects and corporate transactions, PFI/PPP deals and the Data Protection Act.
Simon regularly advises on executive exits and settlement negotiations and his work often includes a pan-European/international element.
Sandra Martins, 15 years’ experience in private practice, is a solicitor for Altor Employment Solicitors.
Sandra is a highly regarded solicitor who has been described by her clients and in The Legal 500 as ‘a fantastic asset’. Sandra has always practised as a specialist employment solicitor. Her expertise and experience cover the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law. She works closely with HR departments and senior management and provides practical legal guidance on all HR-related issues. In particular, she has extensive experience of advising on TUPE (including in an insolvency context), providing specialist support on corporate transactions and guiding clients through restructures and collective redundancies, including information and consultation obligations. She also regularly advises on executive exits and settlement negotiations. Sandra regularly represents clients in high profile tribunal claims. She recently led a team that defended over 500 individual and 10 union claims (on behalf of 500+ members), which arose after a client’s acquisition of an insolvent business. This included TUPE, redundancy, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims with a potential liability of over £17 million.
Anne Hurst – Anne is a Senior Diversity and Inclusion specialist at PWC LLP with significant experience working in this area. Her remit encompasses all aspects of creating a culture where the diversity of people’s difference is valued and a recognised enabler of business and personal growth. Anne has a specific interest in data analytics, using the power of data to influence change. She has led PWC’s equal pay reviews for over 5 years and was instrumental in the first publication of its gender pay gap in 2014.
Host: Safia Boot – Volunteer Chairman CIPD Milton Keynes Group. Due to her passion for learning and supporting her HR colleagues to develop best practice, Safia has provided her leadership of the MK Group for over a decade. Safia is an experienced ET Panel Member, Advisor to Magistrate Judges on discrimination cases, Mediator and former CIPD Disciplinary Chair in relation to alleged breaches of the Professional Code of Conduct. She is highly regarded in the private and public sector as an independent HR/ER Consultant, Trainer, Mediator and Investigator (for complex/high risk discrimination, bullying, harassment and misconduct or other sensitive cases including malicious and vexatious complainants). She has particular expertise in the practical application of diversity and inclusion and dealing with conflict management. She also has an active social media presence.
Contact details for enquiries: Safia Boot, email@example.com Tel. 01908 262862
Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.
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CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch
The CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch provides opportunities for its members to network with local HR and L& D professionals,
Embracing Championing Better Work and Working Lives, our programme of events promotes development and networking e.g. updates on employment law, skills development for the CIPD Profession Map and CPD supporting upgrading.
Our events are organised through two geographical groups, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, together with our special interest groups Learning Matters and Mentoring scheme.
As members together with your guests, you are welcome to attend any of our advertised events.