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What's new for 2011?

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
09:30 - 12:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD

Employment law seminar for partners with The Work Foundation

What's new for 2011?

There will be many major legal issues affecting HR practitioners and employment lawyers in the forthcoming year: legislation concerning agency workers; the impact of the abolition of the Default Retirement Age; the extension of the right to request flexible working; the list goes on. So what can be done now to prepare for these challenges?

This seminar is designed to give partners with The Work Foundation an overview of the forthcoming year in terms of employment legislation, provided by McGrigors LLP, a national law firm with over 40 employment lawyers based in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast and Aberdeen.

Topics to be covered:

  • Agency Workers legislation - possible practical intended and unintended consequences (illustrative case study provided)
  • Understanding the Bribery Act (illustrative case study provided)
  • Implications of the abolition of the Default Retirement Age - what is the evidence needed to justify it?
  • A review of pre-employment health screening and “Fit Notes”.
  • The extension of the right to request flexible working - what would this mean for you?
  • A possible extension of the unfair dismissal qualifying period to two years - what may be the consequences?
  • Possible reform to the Employment Tribunal system - what might be the impact of this and why are so many cases adjourned at the last minute?
  • When are Compromise Agreements valid under the Equality Act? What should employers do?
  • Redundancy consultation - what do employers have to consult about?
  • Cases heading to Supreme Court - what important appeal cases are in the pipeline?
    • Damages for loss of reputation
    • Right to legal representation at disciplinary hearings
    • How TUPE applies to terms and conditions which derive from collective agreements
    • Territorial jurisdiction of the UK Tribunal in unfair dismissal cases


  • Gary Freer, Partner, McGrigors LLP
  • Sarah Howlett, Partner, McGrigors LLP
  • Helen Webb, Senior Associate, McGrigors LLP

Why you should attend

This session will include an informative presentation by individuals from the law firm McGrigors, as well as interactive discussions to illustrate the practical implications of the latest legal developments.

This event is exclusively for partners of The Work Foundation and there is no fee to attend.


For more information or to book onto this session, please contact the partnership team at The Work Foundation on 020 7976 3501.

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