Open plan offices, flexible working and more tackled at the annual ACR and Hegarty Solicitors Employment Law Seminar

Our Employment Law Seminar, held in partnership with Hegarty Solicitors, always proves hugely popular with the Peterborough business community. If you couldn’t make the event, here’s what you missed…

This year, Martin Bloom – partner at Hegarty Solicitors – tackled the big subject of open plan offices. Indeed, in 2014 it’s safe to say there are more and more open plan offices being introduced to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Yet, at the seminar, Martin was keen to highlight the potential pitfalls of such a working environment.

Martin’s presentation covered a wide range of legal issues, which could arise as a result of an open working environment including:

  • Failure to comply with health and safety legislation, such as suitable working temperatures, accessibility and appropriate noise levels.
  • An office space that fails to comply with employment and disability rights.
  • Unsuitable working conditions for employees who need to complete work of a confidential nature, especially phone calls.

ACR and Hegartys Employment Law SeminarIt became clear, as Martin continued his insight into the legislation effecting open plan working, that many employers are unaware of how their office environment may be breaching employment law.

Tackling subjects, which employers may not have considered in depth, is a highlight of the employment law seminar. Every year the event gives local businesses the opportunity to gain invaluable advice, which be put into action that same day.

Following on from Martin, Emma Carter – solicitor at Hegarty Solicitors – provided delegates with case law updates.

Every year Emma’s case law updates are packed with real-life examples of employment law in action. These updates are a fantastic way for delegates to see how legislation comes into action when an employment tribunal is raised.

Finally, Tim Thompson – partner at Hegarty Solicitors – provided timely updates on the big changes to employment law in 2014. With one of the most widely debated employment law issues of 2014 being the changes to the right to request flexible working, Tim offered expert advice on the issues and how it will effect employers.

On top of that, another big employment concern in 2014 has been zero hour working contracts. Again, Tim provided advice on how to manage zero hour contracts – along with an analysis of the pros and cons of such an arrangement.

A huge range of employers and HR professionals attended the event, and the feedback was fantastic:

Tracey Richardson, Rawlinson Chartered Accountants:

#acrseminar2014 great seminar from @HegartyLLP and @ACRPeterborough this morning thank you”

Peterborough Arena:

Delighted to see so many members of the local business community @PeterboroArena at this morning’s employment seminar #ACRseminar2014

Lizzie Harris, Associated British Foods plc IT Shared Service Centre:

“Very informative speakers and relevant content.”

Sharon Clapham, Axiom Housing Association:

“Open plan office session was really useful.”

Gabrielle Abbott, Baker Perkins:

“A very useful update – as always.”

Edwina Brewster, Cummins:

“Clarification on risks of imposing open plan offices and update on zero hour contracts.”

Sue Harvey, Dresser-Rand:

“Consistency of info on current topics, valuable, thought provoking.”

Martin Bloom Employment Law Seminar 2014If you would like to know a little more about the Employment Law Seminar and the topics covered in this year’s event, you can download a copy of the seminar handout here.

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Throughout the year ACR and Hegarty Solicitors also hold a series of mini seminars: Lunch and Learns. The events are completely free to attend and Hegarty Solicitors will run through a specific employment law issue. Our upcoming lunch and learns will cover:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Flexible working laws
  • And changes in parental leave.

To register your interest or find out more information please call 01733 235 298 or send us an email.