Employment Equality Law Update 2019
This is Ireland’s only event with a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of employment equality law developments.
So much has happened in the field of employment equality law since our last (sold out) review and we focus on the key areas of employment equality developments that will impact in Ireland, such as:
- CJEU and Irish Case Law Developments, with Marguerite Bolger SC and Michelle Ní Longáin – cases from the last year relevant to Ireland’s workplaces
- Gender Pay Gap Reporting, with Mary-Paula Guinness BL – The Bill is with us and a legislative priority this summer for government
- Workplace Harassment – Should NDAs be Banned? That’s the question posed and answered by Owen Keany BL
- Algorithms, Apps & Artificial Intelligence, with Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters BL, Cloisters, London – the new frontier for employment equality is in eliminating bias in AI, a tool exponentially increasing in use throughout all sectors
- Establishing Quantum and Setting Out Issues – two years after our first survey, Cathal McGreal BL sets out our findings on average employment equality awards and more from the WRC and Labour Court
If you value employment equality law or advise on same, this is an essential CPD learning opportunity.
Join our speakers, including a Supreme Court Judge, a Senior Counsel and three leading Junior Counsel at Ireland’s only full-day employment equality law update for experienced legal and HR practitioners. Our special guests at this year’s update are two leading UK employment equality law experts, including Robin Allen QC, who has been instructed in over 40 Supreme Court/House of Lords cases and has twice been named the UK’s "Employment Law Silk of the year".
Why is this event important for YOU?
As an employment law practitioner, other representative at hearings or seasoned HR professional you have to keep up to date with developments in this area if you are to defend or pursue cases successfully. You need to know what has changed in order to give the latest, practical and correct advice.
Speakers will concentrate on important case law and useful arguments; the ratio and how these decisions impact on existing law. They will also provide detailed notes, practical templates and advice to all delegates.
After attending you will:
- Know the latest developments in employment equality laws affecting Irish workplaces.
- Be able to advise on these developments and have detailed reference notes.
- Have networked with equality experts and peers with a serious interest in employment equality laws – previous years have seen several Equality Officers (now Adjudication Officers) at this event, alongside many lawyers, other representatives and senior HR practitioners.
More value from this event
This event comes with a full and comprehensive set of up to the minute notes for future reference, including analysis of relevant case law published in the month prior to this event.
Who should attend?
This course is designed for experienced employment law practitioners, in-house lawyers and HR professionals. NOTE: Speakers on this course are asked to assume that delegates have a reasonably sound knowledge of employment equality law. This event is not suitable for beginners in this field.
Where and when?
9:20am – 4:30pm on Thursday 17th October 2019
Morrison Hotel, Dublin
Standard Rate: €575
Early Bird Rate: €495 (deadline 5pm on Friday 6th September 2019)
Charity/Small Company* Rate: €495
Charity/Small Company Early Bird Rate: €445 (deadline 5pm on Friday 6th September 2019)
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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 is a comprehensive update in the area of employment equality law in Ireland delivered by the industries experts."
Olivia Hande, Workplace Investigator, Beo Solutions
"[I liked] the expertise of the speakers and legal notes."
Marian Jennings, DIT
"This was a fantastic event, really worthwhile and it evoked very interesting debate and thought both during and after the course. The materials provided were excellent."
Laura Corrigan, Solicitor, Vhi Healthcare
"Very impressed by all the speakers and the quality of the papers, exceeded expectations. Thank you!"
Alice Duffy, Matheson, Associate Solicitor
"Great summary of the year's events. I really liked the exchange of views between expert practitioners it felt like being at a masterclass - 5/5 stars!"
Orlaith Mannion, Equality Tribunal, Equality Officer
"Excellent - the presentations were of a very high standard and greatly assisted with level of expertise from the Equality Officers in the room."
Pat Brady, Workplace Solutions, Director
Mr. Justice Donal O'Donnell was born in Belfast and educated at St Mary's C.B.S. , University College Dublin (B.C.L.), King's Inns (B.L.) and the University of Virginia (LL.M).
He was called to the Irish Bar in 1982, commenced practice in 1983 and was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1989. He took silk in 1995 and has practised in all Courts in Ireland, in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
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.
Michelle Ní Longáin Partner
Michelle is a partner in the Employment Department and is the firm's Compliance Partner. She has extensive experience in employment, equality and administrative law. Michelle qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland practising there in employment and equality law from 1994, moving to England and Wales in 1996 and returning to Ireland in 1999 when she joined the firm. Michelle advises Public and Private Sector clients, primarily employers, on complex areas of employment, equality and administrative law.
Mary-Paula is a former Solicitor who transferred to the bar and specialises in employment law.
Robin Allen QC has appeared in over 145 reported cases in the Industrial Relations Law Reports (more than any other barrister). These include many path-finding appellate cases at the highest level in the UK and Europe. He has been instructed in over 40 cases in the House of Lords/Supreme Court and undertaken test cases in relation to every protected characteristic. He has undertaken many public interest amicus and intervention briefs, both in the UK and worldwide, for among others the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Harvard University Law School, Public Concern at Work, and Liberty. He has also given evidence to Parliamentary Committees on the technical aspects of proposed legislation such as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, and he advised the European Commission on the content of the first two key equality Directives. He is a consultant to HelpAge International on the UN’s Open Age Working Group on the proposal for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons and to the European Age Platform.
Dee Masters Barrister
Dee Masters is a recognised expert in discrimination law. Her practice primarily consists of multi-week trials involving multiple and complex claims. Due to her expertise, she regularly advises NGOs and government agencies on the development of discrimination law and she has delivered judicial training on discrimination law at ERA in Trier funded by the European Commission. She has advised the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland (ECNI) and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) on its response to proposed legislation extending the existing prohibition on age discrimination. In August 2015, she was the keynote speaker at a conference attended by politicians and policy makers in Belfast concerning age discrimination. Dee has also been advising AGE PLATFORM, an NGO, on a proposed European Directive which will extend the prohibition on age discrimination. She drafted the Technical Guidance accompanying the ban on age discrimination in goods, facilities and services on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in GB alongside colleagues in chambers. In 2018, she gave evidence as an expert witness to the Women and Equalities Committee on older people in the workplace.
Cathal McGreal BL is a graduate of UCD and the Honourable Society of Kings Inns with post graduate work in labour law and human rights (B.L. B.C.L. (Eurolegal) 1998). He is a practising barrister specialising in criminal law and employment law. He is a published author in both fields. He has represented public and private sector (individual and corporate) clients at every level of the courts and tribunal system. A lecturer at UCD, he also lectures widely on the conference circuit on current law and practice.
Owen Keany is a Junior Counsel and was called to the Bar in 2007. He has a general civil practice, with a focus on labour and employment law. Owen regularly provides talks and updates on employment and industrial relations law and he has written numerous papers on topics relating to the area. Owen is a committee member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and Employment Bar Association.