It’s hard to believe our annual employment law seminar with Hegarty LLP Solicitors is in its 21st year! Held on Tuesday, 25 September at the Holiday Inn, Thorpe Wood, this year’s seminar was bigger and better than ever – welcoming over 200 delegates from 130 different local businesses.
With employment status in the modern workplace becoming an increasing challenge for UK businesses, the topic was not shied away from at this year’s seminar. In fact, Martin Bloom opened his briefing with the statistic that 1 in 5 UK workers is now working in conditions where they could lose their job suddenly.
“Reviewing employee and worker status, and the rights associated with various categories of work, is highly relevant to local employers right now,” explained Martin, partner at Hegarty LLP Solicitors, when discussing the choice of headline subject for this year’s seminar.
“Many businesses use agency workers, zero hour contracts or casual contracts. Recent tribunals, like Uber’s, have flagged up critical questions around each of these and ultimately how an employee is defined in the modern workplace.”
Martin’s briefing advised the seminar’s delegates to watch closely for results of the current government Taylor Review but to also refer to resources from ACAS and the HMRC.
Tim Thompson, partner at Hegarty LLP Solicitors, followed Martin to offer employers advice on navigating demotions and warnings. Along with the seminar’s ever-popular case law update, delegates left with a wealth of valuable employment law advice.
You can watch the highlights from the event in our video:
“In the twenty-one years that we’ve been hosting employment law seminar with Hegarty LLP Solicitors it’s been incredible to see how much the employment landscape has changed,” said Anne Corder.
“Feedback from the HR professionals and employers who joined us has been hugely positive. Along with our ‘bitesized’ seminars, Lunch and Learns, we know that local professionals find this kind of support a huge help.”
For now, here’s some of the feedback from the event:
“I always find these events very interesting and come away having learnt something new. Thoroughly enjoyable.”
“The section on workers and employment status was particularly relevant to the work I’m doing.”
“Amazing to see nearly 200 HR people in one place at 7.30am!! Slick, well organised, professional as always.”