Annual Review of Employment Law 2018 - Crowne Plaza
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We are repeating this employment law update conference again on Wednesday 28th November 2018, Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan. Alternatively, to join the waiting list, please complete the form on the right-hand side of this page.
It’s 20 years since Legal-Island was formed to help HR and employment law practitioners get up-to-date with all of the new employment legislation affecting Irish workplaces and 2018 has been an extremely busy year for HR and employment law developments. Get ready for more rules on mandatory retirement, auto enrolment in pensions, gender pay gap reporting, and zero hour and banded hour contracts of employment. We provide you with all the changes you need to know about in 2018/19.
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 workplace bullying by colleagues and the employer's vicarious liability; bias in workplace investigations; reasonable accommodation; 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:
- The importance of correctly written terms of reference for investigations;
- Strong Management – Performance v Stress
- Awkward Situations and Difficult Conversations - probation problems and declining performance by long-serving employees
- Injunctions and Judicial Reviews in Employment
– And much more besides – all 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.
How we can help
Our experts give you the latest information, practical tips and effective solutions to make your life easier and prepare your organisation for the year ahead.
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 with the useful templates and precedent wording for key areas in your organisation – sent to you by email after the event.
- 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 15th November 2018
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Dublin
Standard Rate: €695
Charity/Small Company* Rate: €545
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*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.
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"It was an excellent day, with very content rich presentations and speakers. The easiest thing in the world for events such as these is to be tedious and boring, but the speakers are all very well briefed, and capable of holding a room’s attention. The notes are also excellent for reviewing as at times, the amount of information coming flying at you can all be a bit too intense to digest at the time, so the notes are excellent for re-enforcing the knowledge and learning outcomes of the day itself."
Will Davis, HR Generalist, VWR International Ltd
"I regularly attend the Legal-Island Annual Review of Employment Law the sessions are always topical and relevant and usually give great tips for day to day HR, the information pack serves as an excellent reference back in the workplace."
Lorraine Kirk, HR Manager, Bellurgan Precision Engineering Ltd
"This is always an excellent event and I consider a must for anyone having to address employment issues. There were excellent speakers who had done a considerable amount of work in advance to give us excellent resource guides. Excellent organisation as usual. Up to the usual high standards."
Declan Naughton, HR Consultant, Declan Naughton Organisation Solutions
"Attended in previous years and have always found the information to be invaluable. The folder, in particular, is a very useful 'go-to tool' after the event."
Lorraine Rossiter, HR Manager, Grassland Agro
“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
Kevin Empey Director
Kevin Empey has specialised in organisational, HR and leadership development for the last 25 years.
Before founding WorkMatters, he was a Partner and Director of Willis Towers Watson where he led the firms HR consulting business and established their ‘Future of Work’ practice in Ireland.
Seònaid Ó Murchadha HR & Disability Project Manager
Employer Disability Information
Founder of Amputee Disability Federation Ireland, Seònaid Ó Murchadha has been promoting the employment of people with disabilities for over 20 years, using her unique perception and engaging methods of communication to highlight the abilities of people with disabilities.
Seònaid is currently working as Project Manager for the Employer Disability Information service supporting Irish employers to employ, recruit and retain people with disabilities as well as helping companies drive their diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Ailbhe Dennehy Senior Associate
Ailbhe is a Senior Associate in A&L Goodbody's specialist Employment Practice Group in Dublin, Ireland. She advises both private and public sector, domestic and international clients in relation to a variety of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.
On the non-contentious side, Ailbhe regularly advises employers on the drafting of contractual documentation and policies, as well as guiding employers through complex employee management issues. Ailbhe frequently provides strategic and practical advice to clients in respect of individual and collective redundancy procedures and employment aspects in the context of corporate restructurings, outsourcings, mergers and acquisitions.
Susan Battye Partner
Susan is a Partner in the firm's Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefit's department.
Susan has represented clients in contentious employment disputes, including unfair dismissals, constructive dismissals, discrimination claims, bullying claims, trade disputes and employment injunctions before the High Court and all employment law fora including the Workplace Relations Commission. She has significant experience in resolving complex employment disputes, including senior executive terminations, negotiating severance packages and drafting compromise agreements. Susan has also dealt with a wide variety of commercial litigation matters.
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.
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).
Peter Brabazon Managing Director
Peter is a Dubliner, and an electrical engineer with a diploma in Business Strategy. He is married with three sons one of whom has Asperger’s autism.
In 2013 after 35 years, including 25 in what was to become the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), telecoms and education, Peter became the General Manager of a new social enterprise company, Specialisterne Ireland. Specialisterne Ireland has supported over 70 autistic people to gain employment and since last year has also been working with autistic undergraduates to enable them to get the internship work they need to complete their courses.
Jennifer Cashman Practice Group Leader Employment Group
Ronan Daly Jermyn
Jennifer Cashman is Practice Group Leader of Ronan Daly Jermyn’s Employment Group. Her 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 also provides employment advice to Public Authorities, Universities and a number of primary and secondary schools. Jennifer is a 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.
Linda Hynes Managing Associate
Linda is a Managing Associate in the Employment, Immigration and Reward in Lewis Silkin Ireland. Linda trained with Landwell Solicitors in Dublin and then worked in-house for several years with an international drinks manufacturer where she advised on all employment law matters (contentious and non-contentious), compensation and benefit matters and dispute resolution. Linda headed up the employment law and data protection team of Leman Solicitors for 6 years where she advised clients on a variety of employment law issues. She is known for giving practical solutions to people issues and helping employers reduce employment law risks.
Síobhra Rush Partner
Síobhra is a Partner in the Employment, Immigration and Reward department in Lewis Silkin Ireland. She has over sixteen years’ experience advising on both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues including internal grievance and disciplinary procedures, claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination and other employment law claims. She also advises international clients establishing in Ireland – including contracts of employment, handbooks policies and procedures.
Michelle Halloran Trainer
Human Resource Management Services
Michelle Halloran is an experienced Human Resource Management professional working in the West of Ireland. She has worked originally in general management and then in Human Resource Management for the best part of 20 years, in Ireland, the UK and Europe, across various sectors including investment banking, information technology, manufacturing and services plus some time in the public sector.
Deirdre Crowley Head of the Technology and Employment Law Units
Deirdre Crowley is the Head of the Privacy and Employment Law Group at Crowley Solicitors.
She Advises organisations including multinationals and leading Irish businesses across various sectors on a wide range of data protection and privacy matters to include GDPR compliance, ePrivacy compliance, data breaches, data subject access requests, transfers of data outside of the EEA and on dealing with special categories of highly sensitive data.
Emmet Whelan Partner
Emmet Whelan is a partner at ByrneWallace Solicitors, specialising in employment law. He advises on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters including employment litigation before the Rights Commissioner, Employment Appeals Tribunal, Equality Tribunal, Labour Court, Circuit Court and High Court.
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.
Maura Connolly Partner
Eugene F. Collins, Solicitors
Maura is head of the Dispute Resolution Department in Eugene F. Collins, she also leads the Firm's Employment & Employee Benefits Law Group. Maura advises employers and employees on all aspects of employment law including contentious and non-contentious matters. Maura is experienced in civil litigation and has represented clients in employment law tribunals, before industrial relations bodies and in the Courts. Recent experience has included advising an employer on a high profile executive termination, which included wide ranging disputes relating to the executive’s directorship, shareholder and financial interests in the group; advising a registered charity on an investigation arising from a protected disclosure; providing strategic advice to an advertising company on the loss of a major contract and the transfer of its workforce under transfer of undertakings regulations.