The New Workplace Normal?
2021 brings some hope that workers will be able to start returning to the office, but most organisations recognise that the working environment has fundamentally changed since the COVID pandemic. In this session we look at the employment challenges that arise from these changes and discuss how to manage the risks associated with the changes to the working environment.
Finlay McKay, CMS
Post pandemic some employees are desperate to get back to the office, but some have become attached to working at home. Attitudes have changed, working patterns have changed, and employers are likely to see an increase in employees wanting to formalise different working patterns going forward. This session will examine the existing legal framework, discuss strategies for dealing with an increase in flexible working requests, and consider the wider and more long-term implications (both good and bad) for increased flexible/home working which has been accelerated as a consequence of Covid-19.
Tricia Walker, Burness Paull
Data Protection from an employment lawyer's perspective – what do we need to know?
This session will cover the key data protection issues that an employment lawyer needs to know about including:-
Tony Hadden, Brodies
See Me? See CVP? Making it Eazy Peazy Lemon Squeezy
CVP hearings are here to stay. They may even become “the norm” for tribunal hearings.
We will look at the Presidential Guidance and Directions. We’ll consider the things that are relevant to the question, “CVP or not CVP”? When that question should be answered or revisited.
And we’ll look at the things you might do before and during the hearing so as to get your case across as best you can.
Russell Bradley, Axiom Advocates
Immigration law for employment lawyers
There have been a number of fundamental recent developments in immigration law as a result of the introduction of the new points based system and the end of freedom of movement. This comprehensive session will cover: an overview of the new points based immigration system; frontier worker permits and the EU Settlement Scheme; and changes to right to work checks following the end of the transition period.
Elaine McIlroy, Brodies
Mediation – the time is now
The impact of the Covid pandemic has been a terrible thing but we must look for some silver linings that sit in its cloud. Some say that the way in which the legal profession has responded to the new ways of working have been beyond what we might have thought was possible only 15 months ago. One of the things we have come to recognise is that we can resolve our disputes faster and smarter using Zoom/ Teams in mediations and that there are mediators out there who are happy to help. The time is coming when the question a smart lawyer asks is “how can I use mediation to resolve this problem?” rather than the one too many still struggle with “What is Mediation?”. Alun will be happy to answer both questions in his presentation.
Alun Thomas, Anderson Strathern
The anatomy of a whistleblowing claim
We will be looking at the building blocks of what makes up a whistleblowing claim from start to finish with reference to real life examples and the case law. This will help bring to life the various stages and legal hurdles such claims face, discussing how these can be overcome and challenged. We will also look at how the law in relation to whistleblowing has evolved and some of the more practical recent cases on this topic.
Daniel Gunn, Arthur & Carmichael
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