Ibec Annual Employment Law Conference 2017
The future of employment law
Navigating the road ahead
Why should you attend?
2017 will be a pivotal year for employment law policy in Ireland, as developments continue apace. Several new policy initiatives, which will affect every business, have already dominated the headlines including proposals in relation to zero hours contracts and banded hours contracts, developments in retirement age and numerous Private Member Bills, all of which present a variety of challenges for employers. We will examine these new initiatives as well as the employment law implications of Brexit and the potential impact on Irish employment law.
The Labour Court has issued its first recommendation under the revised dispute settling mechanism set out in the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Acts 2001- 2015 in the Freshways case, which has given rise to a number of concerns regarding pay rates, industry comparators and the policy direction of the Labour Court in wage setting. As a decision of the Labour Court, under the newly revised legislation, may be given legal effect, making the outcome legally enforceable against the employer, we will examine the potential implications for your business. We will also look at the new regime for Registered Employment Agreements and Sectoral Employment Orders under the revised legislation which has created a new landscape for employers.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation, a ground breaking piece of data protection legislation, will come into force on 25 May 2018, impacting significantly on every business as it introduces severe financial penalties for non-compliance. Now is the time to get your house in order and take steps to prepare, as your data protection obligations are about to get more onerous. Faced with these changes, the Assistant Data Protection Commissioner, John Keyes, will give delegates an insight into the practical implications of the new legislation. As Head of Investigations, the Assistant Commissioner will also look at the top five breaches of data protection in the workplace in recent months, which will provide an invaluable insight for employers.
Employers are all too aware of the difficulties that can arise with workplace investigations. We will assess recent cases and provide practical advice as to how to best ensure that your investigations will withstand scrutiny before the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. It is important that you protect your business interests while ensuring that you are acting in line with HR best practice and in compliance with the law. Finally, our guest speaker will advise on how best to manage external communications when internal employment matters become public, whether it is a strike, dismissal, protected disclosure or an injunction and he will provide his top tips for effective communication inside and outside the workplace.
What will you learn?
In keeping with our focus on the practical questions facing HR professionals and those who advise them, Dr Desmond Ryan BL will examine the five most important employment law cases of recent months. He will explain the implications of recent employment law decisions and how they will affect your business.
Other matters for discussion include the top five things your company should be doing before the end of 2017 and the topical employment relations issues of the day. To make your voice heard in shaping the debate, sign up for this year’s employment law conference. It will be of significant interest and relevance to employment law practitioners, employers and senior managers alike.
Member price - €330 + VAT
Non member Price - €400 + VAT
Book your place now.
For all queries on the event, please call the event organiser:
Aleksandra Kobajlo, Tel: +353 1 6051586