Annual Review of Employment Law 2017 - Red Cow
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We are also running this event on the 30th November 2017 at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin.
2017 has been another busy year for HR and employment law developments. Get ready for more rules on mandatory retirement and casualization of employment. If you’re not already prepared, you must now get your organisation GDPR-proofed: the EU General Data Protection Regulation and €20m fines are on the way for data breaches from May 2018.
October 2015 saw the WRC come into operation: we have trends from 2016/17and what their areas of focus will be in 2018. We also have the latest advice on flexible working and the gig economy, and what Workplace Adjudicators expect from you at hearings.
But we don’t just cover the latest legislative and practical developments – we will also analyse Irish employment case law on issues as wide as the closed shop, part-time working, religious symbols in the workplace, right of representation, reduction/deductions from wages and much more. Nor do we stop at employment law developments alone: we also have sessions on key issues currently concerning HR and legal practitioners, such as best practice in handling bullying, framing disciplinary investigations, making reasonable accommodations in performance cases and handling employees who go off sick to avoid disciplinary action and other awkward situations – and much more besides – all in one day.
Time constraints and a lack of resources can stop you identifying key information you need to effectively update policies, procedures and working practices. Wouldn’t it be easier if expert lawyers explained ALL of the legislative and case law updates to you in one day? Let us save you and your organisation time, money and stress by providing you with detailed updates on the Irish employment law developments you need to know.
All sessions include extensive notes and/or template documents for use back in the office.
These experts give you the latest information, practical tips and effective solutions to make your life easier, and prepare your organisation for the year ahead.
We will, of course, bring you the latest updates as they happen in November. We’re still working on the programme but, at the time of writing, topics this year are expected to include:
- Irish Employment Case Law Review 2017 and Key Next Steps
- A Solicitor’s Guide to Drafting Disciplinary Allegations
- A Practitioner's Guide to WRC Hearings & Inspections.
- Review of the Year with Jennifer Cashman, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn
- A Solicitor’s Guide to Contractual Flexibility and the Gig Economy
- A Solicitor’s Guide to Reasonable Accommodation and Performance
- Is your organisation GDPR-Fit?
- How to Avoid the Case from Hell: Handling Difficult Situations and Off-the-Record Conversations
- A Solicitor’s Guide to Handling the Long-Distance Runner
- Guide to Creating the Ultimate Reward Package
- A Practitioner’s Guide to WRC Hearings & Inspections
- Employment Trends and What to Expect in 2018
- Creating a Truly Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
After attending you will better be able to:
- Minimise your organisation’s risk of litigation.
- Understand how the relevant new cases from Ireland and Europe impact on your workplace.
- Prepare for the year ahead.
- Update your policies for key areas in your organisation – key action points will be sent to you via email.
- Refer to all important legislative and case law changes which are relevant to your workplace, with an extensive folder of notes.
When and Where?
9.15am – 4.30pm on Thursday 2nd November 2017
Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin
Charity/Small Company* Rate: €495
Standard Rate: €650
Save an additional €20 if you book and pay online.
*All organisations with fewer than 50 employees or charities qualify for our Charity/Small company rate. The number of employees includes all branches, subsidiary/parent companies, boards, trusts and federated organisations.
The Annual Review of Employment Law 2017 is sponsored by:
“Sessions were well planned and relevant with expert speakers delivering the presentations. I would recommend this event for all HR professionals - to meet, engage and network with fellow HR professionals as well as an excellent opportunity to review and learn important employment law updates.”
Fionnuala Kilcoyne, HR Generalist, Designer Group
“I liked the snappiness of each session; the event didn't become 'overkill' at any point.”
Caroline Scallan, Senior HR Business Partner, Symbio Business Solutions
“The presenters were excellent; they knew their subject area well and had tight presentations.”
Fiona McHenry, HR Manager, DEB Exams
“The annual case law updates are invaluable. The access to the speakers is very helpful as well – excellent.”
Grainne O'Brien, HR Business Partner, Energia
“I liked the volume of relevant information shared within one day. The excellent hand-outs provided so more time can be spent listening and less taking notes.”
Denise Kilmartin, HR Manager, St Patrick's Mental Health Services
“The material covered is excellent and the material given to participants is very comprehensive.”
Stephen Hickey, HR Manager, Taxback Group
“Excellent variety of subjects, contents of sessions and networking opportunities.”
Andrea Swift, Office Manager, OpenHydro
“The Annual Review of Employment Law provides the confidence and assurances needed to deal with difficult internal issues in a correct manner.”
Liam Walsh, Asst Principal, Department of Social Protection
“The event was very well run in terms of facilitation and time. The Legal-Island staff were on point. I liked the balance between the 'hard' legal side and softer HR side. I’m looking forward to next year.”
Brian Burke, HR Generalist, AmTrust Internation Underwriting DAC
“I like the focus on updating attendees on what's happened and what to look out for. It's a great way to keep abreast of case law. I also particularly liked the insight into the future from Peter Cosgrove.”
Eibhlin Power, Director Planning (HR), Megazyme
Marian Jennings Solicitor & Employment Law Lecturer
Dublin Institute of Technology
Marian qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and has worked in both private practice and in-house roles, advising on employment law matters. She also is a part time lecturer in Employment Law in the Faculty of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology.
Michelle Browne Excellence Through People
National Standards Authority of Ireland
Michelle Browne is a HR professional with 20 year’s experience across a range of areas of HR including recruitment, employee engagement, industrial relations and compensation & benefits to name a few.
Marguerite Bolger SC Senior Counsel
Marguerite Bolger is a Senior Counsel specialising in employment law and has appeared in many of the key employment cases before the Irish and European courts.
Claire Bruton is a practising barrister specialising in employment law. She is editor of the Employment Law Reports and Irish Employment Law Journal. She is the co-author of The Irish Legal System (2009, Tottel) and is a co-author of Employment Equality Law (co-authors Bolger and Kimber) published by Round Hall Press in November 2012.
Ciara O’Kennedy Partner
LK Shields Solicitors
Ciara O’Kennedy is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of LK Shields Solicitors.
Ciara advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues with particular experience in resolving complex and sensitive employment disputes involving the removal of senior employee directors/shareholders, to include implementing strategies to minimise financial exposure, negotiating and drafting severance agreements and advising on the corporate governance issues associated with such exits. Ciara also advises clients on claims relating to workplace stress, unfair dismissals and equality.
Deirdre Lynch Senior Associate
Deirdre Lynch is a Senior Associate in the Employment Department. She has over a decade’s experience as an employment law specialist advising employers in relation to both contentious and non-contentious issues.
Deirdre has developed a particular expertise in contentious employment matters. She has substantial experience in defending claims brought by employees including, claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal. She frequently represents clients without counsel in contentious matters before the employment tribunals.
Caroline McEnery Managing Director
The HR Suite
Caroline McEnery, Managing Director of The HR Suite and HR and Employment Law Expert. Caroline is a member on the Low Pay Commission and is also an adjudicator in the Work Place Relations Commission.
Jennifer Cashman Practice Group Leader Employment Group
Ronan Daly Jermyn
Jennifer Cashman is Practice Group Leader of Ronan Daly Jermyn’s Employment Group. Jennifer's focus is on providing strategic business advice and practical, commercial solutions for clients across a range of industry sectors. She advises multinational companies in the technology, pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics sectors and provides employment advice to Public Authorities, Universities and a number of primary and secondary schools. Jennifer is a key member of the Firm’s Cyber and Data Protection Team and advises on a broad range of data management issues including GDPR, data breaches, data subject rights, international data transfers, employee data and compliance training.
Barry Walsh Partner
Barry Walsh is Head of the firm’s Employment and Benefits team. He has considerable employment law experience, having previously served as a partner with a large Dublin law firm for a number of years. He has advised a wide range of Irish and multinational corporate and institutional clients, partnerships and senior executives on all aspects of Irish employment law from recruitment to retirement including contentious, advisory and transactional work.
Davnet O’Driscoll Head of Employment and IT Law
Davnet qualified as a solicitor in 1999. Having spent 12 years specialising in employment law, industrial relations and commercial litigation in a large law firm in Dublin, Davnet now advises multi-national, UK and Irish companies from the set-up stage to providing strategic advice to established companies in relation to their structure, terms of commercial & employment contracts, NDA’s, outsourcing, managing change and corporate restructuring and reorganisation.
Deirdre Crowley Head of the Technology and Employment Law Units
Deirdre has 15 years’ experience in advising companies on data protection matters. Large US multinationals dealing with complex trans-Atlantic transfers of data, as well as companies dealing with special categories of highly sensitive data (including employee, medical and financial data) have briefed Deirdre to undertake privacy reviews of their workplace to become GDPR fit.
Paul Buchanan Associate
Paul is an Associate Solicitor in the Employment Law Team in Eversheds Sutherland. He advises clients in both the public and private sectors on all aspects of the employment relationship from recruitment (including corporate immigration issues) to the termination of employment (including the negotiation of compromise agreements and severance packages).
Ger Connolly Partner
Mason Hayes & Curran
Ger advises employers in the public and private sector on all employment law and industrial relations issues. Ger acts for clients in various employment claims such as unfair dismissal, equality/discrimination, occupational stress, fixed-term and part-time work, restraint of trade, strikes and picketing.
Conor McCullagh Consultant
Willis Towers Watson
Conor specialises in helping clients with organisational and people management challenges. In particular, he has expertise in the areas of pay and incentives, total reward strategy, incentive design and performance management.
Síle Larkin Registrar
Workplace Relations Commission
Síle is a Solicitor and is a graduate of University College, Cork and Trinity College, Dublin. She has been the Legal Advisor to the Director of the Equality Tribunal since 2006. She is also a qualified mediator. Síle was previously a Solicitor in the Equality Authority. Prior to that she worked mainly in the area of family and childcare law. She is on the Steering Committee of the Irish Women Lawyers Association since 2006 and is the Irish representative on the Board of the European Women Lawyers Association.
Ailish O'Hara Senior Manager, Employee Relations
In her role as ER specialist, Ailish provides commercial advice and guidance on ER issues, particularly on complex cases.
Leads on approach to managing key employment risk: redundancies, TUPE transfers, performance management.
Olivia McEvoy Director of Diversity & Inclusion Advisory service
Olivia McEvoy is Director of EY's Diversity & Inclusion Advisory service in Ireland and leads a dedicated consultancy team to help clients achieve their Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) ambitions. Marrying D&I with data analytics, the team help clients understand their D&I activity through objective assessments and audits resulting in diagnostic outcomes, sustainable strategies and roadmaps, KPIs and an informed and enabled leadership.