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Against all Odds - are you gambling with the future of your business?

CIPD Birmingham Branch

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 from 18:00 to 20:15 (GMT)

Against all Odds - are you gambling with the future of...

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Gambling is the fastest growing addiction in the UK and directly affects up to 20 million people in this country alone. It has the highest levels of bankruptcy, relapse, relationship breakdown and co-morbidity in addition to being the fastest growing reason people are being convicted and going to prison.  Despite this, less than 5% of organisations in the UK have a fit for purpose ‘Gambling at Work’ policy almost certainly meaning they are not fulfilling their duty of care to employees and leaving themselves exposed to brand, reputational, financial and human risk.

Delegates will hear the fascinating personal story of a successful investment banker who gambled both his career and much more away to the tune of £4.8m of gambling transactions over a ten-year period. Paul Buck has now rebuilt his life and established his own risk management company assisting organisations in high risk sectors in mitigating the risks of this potentially destructive addiction. Hear how you can spot, and support, a pathological gambler within your business – and learn how this interesting personality got his life back on track.

Elaine Huttley, senior employment lawyer at Gateley, will then discuss the effects that gambling can have in the workplace and also on the employer/employee relationship. The following questions will be explored:  what are the risks?  is gambling properly provided for in contracts/ handbooks?  could gambling be a disability and if so what are "reasonable adjustments"? could / should support be offered to employees?  when does misconduct arise and what are the penalties?  what steps can be taken to prevent issues arising?

Registration and Refreshments

Please arrive at 18:00 for registration and a buffet.  The session will begin at 18:30. 


What are the car parking arrangements?

There is no car parking on-site, the nearest car park and train station is Snow Hill and there is on-street car parking (meter).  

What is the refund policy?

Places can be cancelled up to 1 week before the event, after that any non-member delegate fee of £15 is non-refundable 

Professional photography and video production may 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.

Do you have questions about Against all Odds - are you gambling with the future of your business?? Contact CIPD Birmingham Branch

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When & Where

Gateley PLC
One Eleven Edmund Street
B3 2HJ Birmingham
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 from 18:00 to 20:15 (GMT)

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CIPD Birmingham Branch

The CIPD Birmingham branch provides opportunities for its 2500 members to network with local HR and L& D professionals, to continue with their professional development and remain up to date with HR issues. There is an active programme of events through the year and you can find details of the upcoming events listed below. For further details just click on the event you are interested in and you can then book your place online.


Unless otherwise stated branch events are free for CIPD members to attend, and there is a non-member fee of £15 which must be paid online when booking.


Birmingham branch is part of the CIPD Midlands Area Partnership (MAP) which holds an Annual Midlands Event in October.  The 2017 event will take place on Saturday 14 October at Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire.  MAP is also organising a Midlands Student Conference Empowering the Future Leaders of HR on Saturday 11 March at Aston University.   You can find out more on the MAP events website.  


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