Employment Seminar: The future is now: dealing with modern workforce issues

Tuesday 06 June 2017, 09:30

This free training session will look at the key legal issues surrounding the growing trend of utilising atypical working arrangements, and employers' obligations towards such workers. The second part of the session will focus on key practical steps to assist with managing employees' misuse of social media and reducing litigation risk.

LOCATION:

Bevan Brittan LLP, Interchange Place, Edmund Street

Birmingham

B2 3TA

Register for this event

Registration: 09:30 - 10:00
Timings: 10:00 - 13:00 followed by a networking lunch

As technology advances, it makes its impact felt in all areas of life including, not least, the workplace. This means that HR and in-house legal teams are planning for and adapting to changes in modern working practices faster than ever before.                                

As such, employers are increasingly looking beyond traditional employee/employer, 9.00am-5.00pm, office based working and are utilising new technology platforms to enable ever greater use of agile working and other atypical working arrangements such as zero-hours workers, self-employed contractors and intermediaries. 

Concern is growing about the possible negative exploitation of a legal framework which was developed long before many modern working arrangements were dreamed of – Uber and CitySprint are examples which have recently attracted a high level of press attention.  The Taylor Review is currently considering modern working practices, and employers' compliance is being placed under an increasingly bright light, with minimum wage and working time enforcement ramping up, Modern Slavery reporting requirements now in place and reform of taxation arrangements for public sector intermediaries (IR35). 

Whilst new technology has opened up innovative new ways of working, it has also highlighted the need for robust HR and employment practices and policies to ensure effective management of the use of social media in the workplace - as the boundary between 'work' and 'home' becomes blurred, employers are now regularly contending with disciplinary issues in the context of social media and running up against questions of privacy, data protection breaches and freedom of expression. 

This free training session will look at the key legal issues surrounding the growing trend of utilising atypical working arrangements, and employers' obligations towards such workers. The second part of the session will focus on key practical steps to assist with managing employees' misuse of social media and reducing litigation risk.

Key Topics

  • Workers, employees and contractors – understanding the differences and why they matter.
  • Case law testing traditional categories of work – Uber, CitySprint, Pimlico Plumbers.
  • The regulatory framework and increased self-regulation – national minimum wage, working time, Modern Slavery.
  • New intermediaries rules – IR35
  • The Taylor Review into working practices.
  • Managing social media in the workplace.

Who Should Attend

  • Directors of Human Resource and Organisational Development   
  • Human Resources Advisers,  Managers and Business Partners
  • Equality and diversity officers
  • Heads of Legal
  • In-house employment lawyers

This seminar is FREE CPD points: 3

Please be aware that places for this seminar are very limited and are often over subscribed. Our clients get priority over non clients but we will endeavour to increase capacity where we can to allow all those who wish to attend a place. Where we are heavily over subscribed we will limit places to one or two people per organisation so please liaise with your team and decide who will represent your organisation before registering.

FAQs

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions? Please email us at events@bevanbrittan.com and a member of our events team will be in touch with you within 3 working days

Can I invite my colleagues to this event? Of course. Please let them know about our seminar and aske them to register.

I really want to attend but can't make the date. Will you repeat this event? Even though we may not repeat the specific event we will be holding other events that may be of relevance to you so please email events@bevanbrittan.com with your chosen areas of interest.

 

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