Human Resources Essentials: Managing within the Law MASTERCLASS - Bracknell

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Bracknell Enterprise & Innovation Hub

Ocean House

The Ring


RG12 1XW

United Kingdom

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HR and employment law is crucial for any business owner to be aware of as the law is the same regardless of the number of employees.

The aim of this free masterclass is to provide a broad and practical overview of Human Resources (HR) and employment law issues for business owners and managers. This half-day session will help you understand what you can do and the rights of your employees, from contracts, holidays and managing absence to handling disciplinaries and grievances.

Why attend the masterclass?

It is essential for any business, regardless of size, to have a basic understanding of HR and employment law. Getting things wrong or ‘not knowing what you don’t know’ is not a defence in an employment tribunal and could cost you thousands of pounds as well as damaging your reputation. Can you afford the risk?

What is covered?

This masterclass will cover the following:

    • ‘Self-employed work and employee’ do you understand the differences, how and when you should use, the contracts that need to be issued, and the risks of getting this wrong.

    • Holidays how to calculate and ensure compliance for part-time and zero hours employees.

    • Discrimination risks - and where they can arise - from recruitment to dismissal.

    • Managing Absence - including sickness - and what rights employees have to statutory time off for other absences (e.g. maternity, paternity, emergency dependent leave and flexible working).

    • Disciplinary and grievance how to discipline employees and deal with grievances.

    • What the costs could be of ‘getting it wrong’ if you receive an Employment Tribunal claim.

The objective for the session is to provide an overview of HR Management with relevant Employment Law.

Places are limited so please ensure you book early if you would like to secure your place.

Directions and parking:

Please note: The postcode for the venue of this event will take you to the Princess Square Car Park, where it is a five minute walk through the Princess Square Shopping Centre (passed SpecSavers & Clarks Shoes) to Ocean House.

Masterclass facilitators from the HR Dept

Katie Aldridge

Employing people can be the most rewarding, or the most frustrating part of running a business and, for The HR Dept Newbury it’s our approach that really sets us apart. Instead of telling small businesses what they can’t do, we tell them what they can do to achieve the results that they want.

With 20 years of experience in various HR roles, Katie’s supported both small companies and global corporates in a career spanning a range of industries from not-for-profit, education, through to financial and pharmaceutical. Now working to support small business she can support you with:

· Employment law

· People management

· Contracts of employment

· Disciplinary and grievance

· Performance management

· Absence management

· Redundancy management

· TUPE transfers

· Employee surveys

· Training and development

In fact, any people-related activities that help a company to achieve its business objectives. With this in mind, we can work with you on anything from a one-off employee issue through to a business restructure. From providing an updated contract template through to designing and implementing a full suite of employment policies and documents. From ad-hoc support to a regular on-site presence. The HR Dept also has a range of value added services which give smaller businesses access to HR tools that used to belong only to larger businesses. If you’re located in or around the Newbury area and are looking for proactive, pragmatic and friendly HR support then get in touch with The HR Dept Newbury – we look forward to working with you!

Michaela Gartside

Michaela Gartside has provided support to local SME businesses since joining the HR Dept Bracknell in 2013. With over 25 years’ experience in HR, Michaela enjoys utilising that experience to offer support across a wide range of issues that SME business owners face. Prior to this she worked for Marks and Spencer plc (in both stores and Head Office) before joining SITA, a high tech company providing solutions for Air Transport Industry, where she had a number of Global HR roles.

Michaela has experience in employee relations, performance management, restructuring and change management, acquisitions, managing diversity as well as the more specialist aspects of reward including remuneration policy and incentive plan designs.

Being customer focussed and a strong team player, Michaela wants to understand your business to ensure that she can provide you with practical, commercial advice that allows you to achieve your goals. By working in partnership with you the HR Dept can help “prevent people problems”, and if they do happen we will work together to resolve them.

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If you have any questions about the event, please contact or call 01344 388005.

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Bracknell Enterprise & Innovation Hub

Ocean House

The Ring


RG12 1XW

United Kingdom

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