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Essential Employment Law

This two-day interactive course takes you through all aspects of UK employment law from recruitment to termination and the essential areas of law in between providing comprehensive and in-depth employment law information and best practice guidance.

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Price: £899 + VAT    
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This course will help you to support your business and its employees by advising on common HR issues, assessing and implementing policies and procedures, identifying areas of risk and making sound business decisions within the
employment law context.

Highly interactive, with an emphasis on case studies, discussion and Q&A, it facilitates the sharing of delegates’ experiences with the guidance of our expert facilitator who is a specialist in employment law. You will return to work with the confidence and knowledge to advise your colleagues with assurance.

• Employment contracts
• Employment status
• Discrimination law
• Dismissal
• Disciplinary and grievances
• Performance and absence
• Whistleblowing
• Family-friendly rights
• Working time
• Transfer of undertakings
• Redundancy
• Employment Tribunals

Introductuion to employment law

  • Examining the nature and focus of employment law
  • The Courts’ structure
  • Considering the sources of employment law
  • EU law
  • Human rights

The employment relationship and employment contracts

  • The recruitment process: key dos and don’ts
  • What are the elements of a binding contractual relationship?
  • What are express and implied terms?
  • Changing contract terms
  • Continuity of employment and its importance

Special contract clauses

  • Probationary periods
  • Confidentiality, competition and restraints

Employment status

  • The difference between employees, workers and selfemployed
  • The future of the “gig” economy
  • Temporary workers
  • Part-time workers
  • Fixed-term workers

Pay and working time

  • Working Time Regulations: key rights
  • Holidays and special leave
  • National Minimum Wage
  • Key issues when considering workers` pay

Discrimination Law

  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The nine protected characteristics – definitions
  • Direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation – what do these mean and how can they arise
  • Avoiding and handling discrimination claims
  • Who is liable?
  • Claims and compensation


  • Termination of employment contracts
  • Breach of contract
  • What are potentially fair reasons for dismissal?
  • What are automatically unfair dismissals?
  • Following a fair dismissal procedure
  • Unfair dismissal - including Tribunal rules and remedies
  • Settlements and compromise agreements

Grievances and disciplinary procedures

  • Definitions and concepts
  • When does a “grievance” arise?
  • Handling grievances: best practice guidelines
  • Disciplinary matters: managing procedures and warnings
  • Examining the nature of formal disciplinary hearings
  • The question of “reasonableness”
  • Common problems that arise during these procedures

Performance and absence

  • How should you deal with poor performance?
  • Managing short-term persistent and long-term continuous absence
  • Protection from stress, harassment and bullying
  • Vicarious liability
  • Personal injuries and reasonable foreseeability
  • Handling stress claims


  • Defining redundancy and relating legal requirements
  • Individual and collective rights
  • Consutlation
  • Managing redundancies


  • Who is a whistleblower?
  • How are they protected?
  • Whistleblowing policy and procedure

Employment Tribunals

  • Time limits and claim and response forms
  • ACAS conciliation
  • Preparing for the tribunal: collecting relevant evidence and drafting witness statements

Transfer of undertakings

  • What is the transfer of an undertaking?
  • What obligations are there on the transferee and the transferor?
  • Who transfers and what liabilities transfer?
  • Changing terms and conditions and unfair dismissals

Family-friendly rights and flexible working

  • Ordinary and additional maternity leave
  • Shared parental leave
  • Paternity leave
  • Adoption rights
  • Parental leave
  • Time off for dependents
  • Flexible working
Kerry Scott-Patel

Kerry Scott-Patel

Kerry Scott-Patel LL.B is a solicitor (non-practising) specialising in employment law.  She designs and delivers training for domestic and international clients, in both the public and private sectors, on all aspects of workplace law.

Kerry has over ten years’ experience as a practising solicitor, first with RadcliffesLeBrasseur in the UK and subsequently with DLA Piper in the Middle East. Based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Kerry had responsibility for growing the firm’s employment law practice with local and international clients.

Kerry has advised both human resources personnel and in-house counsel on matters relating to the drafting of employment documents, management of employees, termination of employment and claims made by current and former employees. She has considerable experience of providing employment support for mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing arrangements and business closures. Kerry is a Member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

“Kerry is a fantastic tutor who engages in a great way! The session was great and due to Kerry's nature seemed to be a meeting of minds among professionals rather than a presentation. Kerry is clearly knowledgeable and passionate and her anecdotal references were fab. The case studies were the best yet and it was refreshing to use a modern day scene to approach some of the questions put to us.”

Sarah Puleston, Regional Personnel Manager - JD Wetherspoon plc

Anyone seeking a concise introduction to the fundamentals of employment law. It is particularly relevant for those new to HR or line management or those looking for a comprehensive refresher course.

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Special offers

Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

Technology is bringing about seismic shifts in how we communicate on both a personal and business level. This is particularly evident in how learning is consumed and JSB is committed to delivering its L&D services in a way that optimises all appropriate technology.

In each case participants receive a documentation pack which includes any presentation material alongside a supporting narrative giving useful background information.

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Face-to-face attendance

The most valuable form of learning delivery continues to be the face-to-face classroom-based event. Engaging with expert speakers and fellow participants in relaxed two-way discussion in a distraction-free environment offers a valuable and practical learning experience.

All JSB programmes take place in top venues in central London and participants report that they greatly value the opportunities that these events provide for learning and networking.

Virtual classroom participation

We frequently welcome participants from overseas to our London events. However, we recognise that HR professionals who are responsible for managing workforces in these countries will not always be able to make the financial and time investment necessary to attend JSB events when they run in London. You will have the opportunity to submit questions to the speaker throughout the event and will get access to the slides and documentation in exactly the same way as those in the room. All you need is a standard domestic broadband connection.

On demand access

Should you find that you can’t wait until the next event on your chosen topic, you can access a full recording of a recent live event. Again, full slides and documentation will be provided. This is an option for those who cannot attend an event on a particular day. Moreover if the learning is to be of practical value it is often the case that even those who participated on the day welcome the opportunity of accessing the material in the weeks and months following the event. It’s a great way to share content with colleagues too.

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