26 Jan 2021  -  14 Dec 2021

We are pleased to present our Employment events programme for 2021. As this “new normal” will be with us for the foreseeable future, we have embraced the flexibility of running our events virtually.

From 9:30am until 10:30am

At Via Zoom

Our events will mostly take place on the 4th Tuesday in each month at 9.30am, with the exception of dates during the school holidays.

As in previous years, our programme is made up of a mixture of formal and informal presentations and interactive HR Power Hours. We will be pushing the boundaries of technology so you can get the most out of our sessions from your home desk/kitchen table!

Formal Events
We have three sessions in February, May and October led by one of our senior employment solicitors. They will take an in-depth look at the topic and take questions using the chat function.  A link to the recorded presentation and slides will be available after the session.

HR Power Hours
The remainder of our programme is made up of our infamous HR Power Hours where we facilitate group discussions, networking and profile building, in our solicitor-led discussions. 

Join us as we develop the world of virtual sessions into something much more interactive, to enable you to get the most out of each session.


Dates for your diary:

Power Hour: Exiting employees from the business, including a mock protected conversation.
Tuesday 26th January 9.30am

In these difficult and unprecedented times, reducing headcount and exiting employees from businesses is inevitable. In this session we think ‘outside of the box’ to explore alternative ways to exit employees from your business.
IR35 event: are you ready?
Tuesday 23rd February 9.30am

IR35 was postponed from implementation last April and is now set to be implemented into the private sector from April 2021.  In this event we present the salient points to ensure that you are ready.

Power Hour: Coronavirus Spring Clean Event
Tuesday 23rd March 9.30am

Almost a year on and the world has changed beyond our expectations. With news the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is extending until the end of September, we explore issues relevant to the current climate. We look at working patterns, reducing headcount and compulsory testing/vaccinations.

Power Hour: Planning for change: Mitigating the risks and offsetting hidden costs
Tuesday 27th April 9.30am
In this session join our guest speaker, workforce development specialist and coach Liz Walkley from Empowering Insights, as we help you to understand the legal risks and costs associated with managing restructures. We will explore worst case scenarios and give insight into organisational approaches and shortfalls, using employment case studies. Learn how to tackle tough business decisions head on whilst reducing your risk.

Data Protection update, including Subject Access Requests
Tuesday 25th May 9.30am 

In these unusual times, we have seen a huge increase in data protection related queries and employees making subject access requests. We are delighted to be joined in this session by Helen Snow, Senior Associate from our Cardiff office who specialises in all things data protection.

Power hour : Managing difficult employees
Tuesday 22nd June 9.30am 

The 1% of employees who are difficult often take up 99% of the time and resource in HR. This session will be packed with hints and tips on how to manage difficult employees in order to get the outcome you need. We share how to get around roadblocks such as non-cooperative employees, employees working from home and employees who go off sick, along with plenty more. You will leave well equipped with new tools to handle those difficult employees at your work.

Power hour : Managing disputes in the workplace
Tuesday 27th July 10.30am 

Whether or not employees are being difficult, disputes can and do arise in the workplace. Whilst you may have experience of dealing with 'run of the mill' disciplinary and grievance matters, it starts to get a bit more complex when there is no misconduct as such, just an inexplicable dispute. In this session we will talk you through the best ways to deal with disputes that arise at work, how to manage your employer’s duty of care to all employees (which can often be a challenge) and provide you with some alternative solution based ideas for tackling disputes at work. This will empower you to hit these matters head on, rather than letting them fester, and cause damage to the workplace.

Rachel's Famous Legal Update
Tuesday 21st September 9.30am 

This area of law is vast and moves incredibly quickly and it’s important to keep up to date.  Don’t expect to be bored with legalese - in this session you will work in groups on case studies to pick out potential discrimination, learn how to deal with it and how to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Annual Employment Seminar
Tuesday 12th October 9.30am  
Two sessions (2.5 hours)

“The Carrot and the Stick”
Jane’s carrot
Introducing Families First: How we can support you in caring for your employees, improve productivity and reduce absenteeism
Emma’s stick
Managing Long Term Sickness Absence: Empowering employers to actively manage employees signed off on long term sick

Power Hour : Topic TBC
Tuesday 23rd November 9.30am 

We like to leave at least one Power Hour open on topic, to be determined closer to the time to ensure that we are keeping up to date and relevant for you.  Details will follow.

Power Hour/Christmas Social
Tuesday 14th December 9.30am 
Whether we talk shop, have an open session for questions, or even actually get together with a cuppa, or something stronger, we will have a session to kick off the festive period.  Details will follow.


We will send out invitations to the events in due course.