Employment law seminar highlights: “Employee rights could be reduced post-Brexit”

Now in its 19th year and with 200 delegates, the Anne Corder Recruitment and Hegarty Solicitors Employment Law Seminar, held on 27 September, was a huge success.Employment Law Seminar speakers

“The employment law seminar continues to be a ‘must-go’ event for HR professionals in Peterborough. Covering heavyweight topics, alongside case law, the seminar provides actionable advice that really matters to employers,” said Anne Corder.

A highlight of the event was a presentation covering the potential implications on Brexit on UK employment law.

Martin Bloom, one of the city’s leading employment law specialists and partner at Hegarty Solicitors, explained that Brexit will almost certainly lead to a reduction in employee rights.

Speaking at the annual seminar, Martin told delegates that it was likely employee rights would be eroded but it was impossible to be clear on the extent.

The seminar, at the Holiday Inn West in Peterborough, was attended by HR professionals from the city’s business community.

“‘Keep calm and carry on’, is perhaps the best advice we can currently offer until we fully understand the outcome of the Brexit negotiations,” said Martin.

Discussing the implications, Martin explained:

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  • following a departure from the EU all UK legislation will continue to take effect unless repealed by Acts of Parliament;
  • changes to UK employment laws following Brexit may be affected by trading agreements with former EU partners;
  • the 2020 general election could further affect the outcome of Brexit.

“Brexit will continue to be a hot topic now and into the foreseeable future but for now employers and HR professionals are advised to hold fire making changes and instead simply monitor debates – making events like our Employment Law Seminar extremely useful.”

Tim Thompson, another partner at Hegarty Solicitors, outlined best practice for employers dealing with subject access requests in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Don’t forget! If you missed out on the event, a series of smaller employment law lunch and learn sessions are being held at Anne Corder Recruitment over the coming months. For more information, call us on (01733) 235 298.