Employment Law

Employment Law (part 1):Introduction

A basic understanding of at least the outline of employment laws is a necessity for the modern manager and the hr professional. We are delighted to offer this primer of the law which acts as the first part of the three part course. It may equally serve as  a stand alone introduction especially for new and less experinced staff in leadership roles .

By attending our course students will learn about 

  • the sources of employment law and how it is created
  • a quick guide to the court structure
  • some recent changes to the law
  • rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees
  • some key legal principles: duty of care, negligence and vicarious liability

Employment Law (part 2):Categories of Employee

There is a bewildering array of contract type and forms of employment in the modern economy. but what are the best options that will work for both parties? 

It is worthwhile getting to grips with the basics of employment status and its implications in law and for the workplace

By attending our course students will learn about

  • the different categories of employment, employee,worker and self-employed
  • the tests for bogus self employment and recent cases
  • the different forms of contract available
  • the advantages and disadvantages of each for both employer and employee
  • the end of jobs for life-are we really moving towards a gig economy
  • the advantages and disadvantages

Employment Law (part 3): Contracts of Employment

Contracts of employment  do not need to be overly complicated but they do need to reflect what might be reasonably expected from each party.

 By attending our course students can learn about:

  • What the main clauses mean in practice
  • What should be included and excluded 
  • Restrictive and permissive clauses for each party
  • What needs to be in writing
  • Express and implied terms
  • what the law requires
  • what to do when either party wishes to make changes
  • what is meant by terms and conditions
  • how contracts evolve and end

Employment Tribunal Practice

There are many misconceptions about employment tribunals and it is often approached with some trepidation by all parties. Providing some training and instruction can go someway to allaying these fears. We can provide an ideal solution as this course has received input from some experts in the field.

By attending our course students will learn about:

part-1: pre-tribunal phase,types of claim, acas concilliation, settlement agreements and how each party prepares

part-2: the tribunal phase- their role and function and the decision-making process

part 3: post-tribunal phase-remedies-compensation-appeals

Fair and Unfair Dismissal

The decision to dismiss is often one of the most difficult decisons that any manager is likely to make and most will not take it lightly. However, sometimes it is unavoidable for the good of the organisation. It is important that there is widespread understanding about what is considered to be unfair practice when making such a momentus decision

By attending our course students will learn about

  • the five potentially fair reasons for dismissal and how they can become unfair
  • the reasons that make a dismissal automatically unfair
  • hearings and appeals
  • employment tribunals and higher courts
  • defining the "band of reasonableness"
  • constructive dismissal
  • the difference between unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • fair dismissal: the three Burchell tests
  • the difference between culpability and capability
  • gross misconduct
  • can underperforming or toxic employees ever be rehabilitated?
  • precautionary and other suspensions. Getting the process right and considering the alternatives.

Business Transfers/Understanding the TUPE Regulations

The legal principles underpinning the relevant law is relatively simple. However in practice the detail of the law when it is put into practice becomes somewhat more complex. 

We are are often asked to teach how the regulations work in practice and so we have geared the course towards that requirement. 

 By attending our course students will learn about

  • the relevant law and how it is applied in practice
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • defining the relevant work units
  • redundancy and dismissal
  • ETOs in practice
  • involving employee and trade union representatives


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