Employment legislation and HR issues surrounding part-time working; flexible working; temporary work.
Collective and Trade Union Issues
Collective bargaining; consultation; trade union recognition; trade union membership; industrial action; trade union representatives; redundancy and notification of unions.
Contracts of Employment
Articles and case law surrounding the employment contract; varying contracts; zero hour contracts; temporary and agency contracts; written statement of employment particulars; continuity of employment; vicarious liability.
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act
Case law and legislative updates around the principles of data protection; access rights; personal data; data protection policy; safe harbour; data protection regulation.
Disciplinary and Grievance Issues
Disciplinary cases; disciplinary hearings ; disciplinary investigations; disciplinary penalties; disciplinary procedures; dealing with misconduct; arbitration; mediation; settlement; bullying and harassment.
Discrimination and Equality
Discrimination cases; disability discrimination; reasonable adjustments and accommodation; equal opportunities; risks of discrimination; employment equality decisions; harassment; victimisation.
Health and Safety
Cases, laws and codes of practice surrounding employee health and well-being; risk management; accidents at work; working environment; safety of work equipment; stress; work-life balance.
Case law, legislation and other issues surrounding the rights and freedoms included in the European Convention on Human Rights that impact workplace practice and policy; ethics and values; personal appearance; behaviour; diversity; equal opportunities.
Pay and Conditions of Employment
Wages; allowances; pay levels; pay statements; pensions; statutory payments; minimum wage; family-friendly allowances; sick pay; itemised pay statements; deductions/reductions from wages.
Updates on legislation related to pension schemes; pension age; pension eligibility; pension contributions; taxation on pensions; auto-enrolment.
Policies and Procedures
Relevant articles and case law surrounding an organisation's policies and procedures including IT and social media; equality and diversity; organisational culture and behaviour; ethics and values; staff handbooks.
Issues concerning probation policy; probation periods; probationary reviews; probation checklist; employers’ obligations during probation; termination during probation.
Recruitment and Selection
Recruitment procedures, job specification, short-listing, reasonable adjustments, references, special employee categories, vetting procedure, criminal record, discriminatory advertisements, selection interviews, interview records, retention strategy.
Redundancy and Reorganisation
Articles and case law related to staff selection, new recruits, special employee categories, fair and objective recruitment procedures, job description, job specification, short-listing, reasonable adjustments, references, vetting procedure, criminal record, discriminatory advertisements, selection interviews, interview records, retention strategy
Sickness and Absence
Case law, articles and HR best practice related to short and long-term sickness and absence management; rehabilitation; return to work; sickness absence reporting.
Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE)
Cases and articles concerning the application of TUPE; information and consultation; impact of transfer on terms and conditions; post-transfer period; refusal to transfer.
Tribunal Practice, Procedures and Jurisdictional Issues
Tribunal and adjudication procedures, rules & regulations, penalties and jurisdiction; ADR; WRC/LRA/Acas; remedies; awards; compensation; costs; time limits.
Unfair dismissal case law and legal commentary covering issues such as fairness of dismissal; dismissal for misconduct; requirement of continuous service; awards of compensation.
Whistleblowing (Protected Disclosures)
Articles, legislation and case law relevant to whistleblowing issues including detrimental treatment; prescribed persons; public interest disclosures; remedies for detriments.