Strategic Employment Law


This is a course aimed at senior managers and leaders – not necessarily in HR – that looks at employment law from a strategic perspective. Instead of getting into the ins and outs of particular employment law issues we step back and look at how employment law works as a system – and consider how an organisation can best manage its employment law risk. Over the course of the session we look at the key factors that can affect an employer’s liability, consider the balance between compliance and commercial reality and look at how to keep legal costs under control.

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Key issues covered:

Employment law in the UK

  • Guiding principles
  • Key employment rights
  • Employment tribunals

Employment Law Risk

  • Who gets sued for what in employment tribunals
  • Compensation and costs
  • Identifying high and low risk areas

Termination of Employment

  • Developing appropriate procedures: fairness with flexibility
  • Laying the groundwork for handling dismissal fairly
  • Minimising risk when something goes wrong
  • The use and abuse of compromise agreements

 Managing Change

  • Contractual variation and flexibility
  • Redundancy and redundancy consultation
  • Changing terms and conditions
  • Dismissal and reengagement

Equality and discrimination

  • Exploring the business case for equality
  • The myths and reality of equality law
  • Key defences to discrimination claims

Conflict at work

  • The law surrounding grievances
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Mediation and dispute resolution
  • Conflict between employees and managers

Managing employment law

  • The value and limitations of external advice
  • Staying on top of legal costs
  • A strategic approach to risk management