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Annual Legal Update & Employee Relations post-Brexit; CIPD B&MK

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The Ridgeway Conference Centre

Featherstone Road

Wolverton Mill South

Milton Keynes

MK12 5TH

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Theme: Managing risk in the employee relationship

This popular event (first of our two annual legal updates) will provide you with an update on the key employment law developments and recent case decisions, and prepare you for those changes that are on the horizon for 2019 and 2020. Early booking is advisable. We have booked the Ridgeway centre to ensure plenty of parking spaces.

Our January legal update, led by the knowledgeable team from Freeths, will take the form of break out workshops and presentations. We will consider some of the risks in the employee-employer relationship, and how to manage this for mutual benefit. This will include homeworking and the consequences of employees having second jobs (‘The Side Hustle’) as workforces become increasingly flexible; safeguarding employee data; employee surveillance and retaining talent in the face of Brexit. There will also be learning points from relevant cases and a look at what’s on the legislative horizon for employers.

'Employment Relations in the UK post Brexit -: back to the future': The conference start with feature a keynote speech from Gerry Looker, former regional organiser at Unison, discussing ER challenges in a post-Brexit world.

Key Themes:
• Power at Work, Equality and Fairness and Employee Voice
• Introduction
• Current Employment Relations challenges for HRM and Trade Unions
• Taking the low road through a hard Brexit
• The challenge of a radical labour programme for workers rights
• What is to be done and Conclusions


Speakers:

Dr Gerry Looker
Dr. Gerry Looker is a former trade union official with 27 years’ experience working for the UK’s largest trade unions across the public, private and not for profit sectors. Latterly Regional Officer for Northampton branch of Unison.

In 2015 Gerry completed his PhD examining the failure of trade union organising strategies and the role played by internal union bureaucracy. Now a part-time lecturer in Employment Relations, Gerry is also a member of the Employment Tribunal in the East Midlands. Gerry is currently working on papers covering union full time officers in organising, union democracy and the rise of new unions in industrial relations and a joint paper on tackling lay bureaucracy in Unison.

Gerry is the father of three children, has two grandchildren, with a third on the way. Gerry’s interests include trade union history, current affairs, politics and economics. His likes include Kefalonia, US television box sets, jazz funk and soul music and watching Everton FC.


Your Host:
Safia Boot –Chairman CIPD Milton Keynes Group & Founder Respect at Work Limited. Safia has provided leadership to the CIPD MK Group for almost decade and a half. Safia is an experienced ET Panel Member, Advisor to Magistrate Judges on discrimination cases, Mediator and former CIPD Disciplinary Chair for the Professional Code of Conduct. She is highly regarded in the private and public sector as an independent HR/ER Consultant, Trainer, Mediator and Independent Investigator for complex/high risk discrimination, bullying, harassment and misconduct cases of a sensitive nature. She has particular expertise in the practical application of diversity and inclusion and dealing with conflict management. Safia also serves as a Trustee with St. Francis Children’s Charity (Adoption & Fostering.

Freeths is a national legal practice whose employment team advises clients ranging from major, multi-site corporates to SMEs in the private sector, as well as local authorities, educational establishments and other public sector organisations. Clients also benefit from expertise in business immigration law and pensions advice. The Freeths team includes:

Christopher Sing is a partner at Freeths and heads the Employment team in Milton Keynes. Having trained as a barrister he is particularly skilled at identifying and avoiding potential disputes and conducting negotiations. He carries out his own advocacy in the Employment Tribunal.

Toni Hudson is an employment solicitor who delivers practical advice every day on issues such as grievances and disciplinary matters as well as wider issues including redundancies, reorganisations and performance management. She also acts in Tribunal claims including unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

Emma Brooksbank specialises in immigration law. Her particular specialisms lie in guiding businesses and public sector bodies through the points based system and licence process to achieve the recruitment of overseas nationals. She also advises regularly on how to mitigate the impact of Brexit with a view to retaining their workforce.


Pre-Questions: If members have any specific legal questions they would like our speakers to address please email Alison.foxton@freeths.co.uk so she can ensure time is allocated


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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MK12 5TH

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