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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at employment practitioners – acting for employers and employees as well as HR professionals. It aims to explore a number of recent legislative measures that have been introduced as part of the government’s aim of ‘rebalancing’ UK labour rights in favour of employers. It explores whether there is a gap between the reality and perception of employment rights and procedures as well as discusses a number of the headline proposals including mandatory conciliation procedures, changes to compensatory awards, ‘protected conversations’ and greater clarity on the scope of protected disclosure in whistle-blowing claims.

After completing the course you will:
  • Be aware of the ‘gap’ between the perception and reality of employment law rights and procedures in the UK;
  • Be aware of some of the key reform proposals contained within the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Bill, currently before Parliament;
  • Understand the proposals to introduce mandatory conciliation into employment dispute procedure and its impact upon agencies like ACAS;
  • Know what changes are being made to the compensatory awards for unfair dismissal and why;
  • Be aware of the legislative changes intended to clarify the nature of a protected disclosure for whistle-blowing claims;
  • Be aware of the proposals and difficulties surrounding so called ‘protected conversations’ and the future of without-prejudice compromise agreements.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Legislative Updates
Market Update / Hot Topic
Panel Discussion
Sources and References:
  • Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Bill (2012);
  • Report on Employment Law, Adrian Beecroft (24 October 2011);
  • BNP Paribas v Mezzotero [2004] UKEAT 0218_04_3003.

In this podcast, two expert employment lawyers discuss the recent Beecroft Report and the current reform proposals to a number of the UK’s employment dispute resolution mechanisms as set out in the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Bill currently before Parliament.

Podcast added: 15/06/12

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