Employment law update 2023

Since our last Employment law update 12 months ago we have seen three Prime Ministers, two monarchs and a May with more bank holidays than you could possibly imagine (well, as many as there have been Prime Ministers anyway). We are inviting you to join us for Watershed’s free annual update on employment law for 2023. As usual, we will be in Manchester and London in June.

Increasing inflation seems here to stay for the moment as does the associated ‘cost of living’ crisis so we will be looking at how that interacts with employment law: pay, strike action and issues for employers as an increasing number of people turn to second and third jobs.

We will be talking about how law affects the way you manage situations where poor performance overlaps with an employee’s mental health, and how to recognise when the Equality Act 2010 may apply and its implications.

As we see an increase in whistleblowing, we will look at what a public interest disclosure is, when it is protected and what is whistleblowing detriment. Then, we will discuss the problems we see with whistleblowing policies and their application, and outline ways you might reform them.

We will be looking at redundancy, covering the basics of individual and collective processes and consultation requirements as well as tackling more complex situations for those with more experience, including: how to identify pools for selection, rules around electing employee representatives for collective consultation, identifying establishments and much, much more…

With misconduct under the microscope, we will consider when it can happen outside work, including cases where the conduct is potentially criminal.

And of course, our annual update would not be complete without our in-depth look at recent case law as well as guiding you through what’s happening in employment law now, summarising recent legislative changes that you need to know about, and covering what changes are on the horizon. As usual we will help you deal with the challenges employment law poses.

There is no charge to attend. Each day starts at 9.15am and finishes at around 3.45pm. Refreshments will be provided at registration (8.45am), at morning and afternoon breaks and in the form of a buffet at lunch.

There will also be an opportunity to learn about our wider work on HR matters and all delegates will receive the new edition of our handbook, Employment law for line managers. We hope you will be able to join us.