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The Essentials of Employment Law

Updated Full-day course  |  6 CPD hours

£ 329 +VAT per person

£329 +VAT
per person

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The Essentials of Employment Law

Full-day course

Course prices:

Classroom: £329 +VAT per person

Course overview

The legal duties and responsibilities of employers are enormous and there are many circumstances where managers can get things wrong. All too often this results in dealing with costly and damaging situations, such as Tribunal claims, that might otherwise have been avoided. Even in these trying times, where employers are facing extraordinary circumstances, the Government has been absolutely clear: employment law still applies and employers are responsible for complying with it.

This comprehensive course will cover, in considerable detail, the essential statutory duties with which an employer must comply. It will also ensure that you are fully up to date with the latest changes brought about by the Coronavirus and other developments in legislation and case law.

This full-day course is packed with facts, information and practical advice that will help you deal with many tricky workplace situations. The presenter creates an interactive learning experience that encourages discussion and enables delegates to learn from each other’s experiences in tackling employment issues. You will leave the session with a clearer understanding of the gaps in your implementation of employment law and an Action Plan for putting things right.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will understand…

  • How to protect your business with the right policies for the right circumstances
  • What you should do before confirming a new employee in post
  • How employment contracts are constructed and why they contain more than you may have in writing
  • Which employment rights are guaranteed in law and can be asserted by your workers
  • Who is protected from discrimination and how discriminatory practices can be avoided
  • How disciplinary, dismissal and grievance processes should be designed to comply with recommended guidance and therefore less vulnerable to challenge at a Tribunal
  • What has changed for you and your employees as a result of the Coronavirus legislation

Extra benefits

  • course pack containing the information presented on the day
  • A checklist of essential employment policies
  • An action plan for dealing with issues identified throughout the day
  • certificate of attendance
  • Complimentary refreshments and lunch provided

What will you learn?

  • Which employment policies must you have by law and how can they be made effective? Why do policies sometimes create problems?
  • What do you need to consider when recruiting for new staff?
  • What is the difference between a worker and an employee?
  • What are your responsibilities as an employer? What statutory rights do your employees have?
  • What checks should you carry out on criminal records and references?
  • What are your obligations to the Disclosure and Barring Service?
  • How can you ensure that workers, including EU citizens, have the right to take employment in the UK?
  • What is an employment contract? Which terms are implied in an employment contract? Which statutory terms are imposed?
  • Can you ask an employee to undertake tasks not specified in an employment contract?
  • What are the restrictions on zero-hours contracts and what does the Government say about how they should be used?
  • How can you legally vary the terms of employment contracts?
  • How can a restrictive covenant be drafted so that it is enforceable?
  • What are your responsibilities in relation to sick pay? What are your employee's responsibilities when notifying you about sickness?
  • How is sick pay different for Coronavirus sufferers?
  • What duties are imposed by the Equality Act 2010? What are the protected characteristics?
  • Which medical conditions are automatically protected as a disability under the Equality Act?
  • What is counted as a genuine religious or philosophical belief?
  • What are the regulations affecting maternity and paternity leave?
  • What are the new rules on Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay?
  • What must you do, if you receive a request for flexible working? When can you refuse such a request?
  • How do the Working Time Regulations impact on the organisation of a workforce?
  • What legal holiday entitlement do employees have?
  • What is the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage? Who is exempt?
  • How is the way you treat your employees’ data affected by GDPR?
  • What rights do employees or ex- employees have to access or delete their personal data?
  • What constitutes ‘whistleblowing’ and how are whistleblowers protected under the law?
  • What are the only fair reasons for dismissing an employee under the Employment Rights Act?
  • What constitutes wrongful dismissal? What is constructive dismissal?
  • Who can and cannot claim unfair dismissal? When is a dismissal automatically unfair?
  • How far need employers comply with the ACAS Code of Practice?
  • What is the role of an Employment Tribunal?
  • What is early conciliation and a settlement agreement?
  • How are the basic and compensatory awards calculated?
  • What constitutes redundancy?
  • How does leaving the EU affect UK employment law?

Course presenters

  • Paul Murphy

    Paul is an accomplished and highly-qualified training professional, with a successful background in learning and development and 15 years management experience.

    Over the years, Paul has designed, developed and delivered comprehensive Business and Management Skills programmes that have included the following topics: Employment Law, Data Protection, Project Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and a variety of essential management skills. He has also offered invaluable support and advice to many people setting up their own business.

    Paul presents employment law courses at public venues and for in-house clients.

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