|Title:||HR and Employment Law: Shaping the Flexible Workplace of the Future|
|Date:||Tuesday 26th June 2012|
|Time:||10.15am – 4:30pm|
Register your place
|Steve Williams, Director of Equality, ACAS|
|Leatham Green, Assistant Director Personnel, East Sussex County Council|
|Stuart Wollard, Managing Director, King's College London's Management Learning Board and Co-Author, 'Facing Continuing Uncertainty: The State of HR'|
Envisaging a strong and efficient labour market that is flexible, effective and fair, the Government launched a far-reaching review into UK employment laws in May 2010. Responding to the concerns of businesses in difficult economic times, the ongoing review has sought to address the cost and complexity of employment law, removing the burden on business, encouraging growth and maximising flexibility for both employers and employees.
Already the review has resulted in the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (October 2011). The Queen’s speech this year also set out the Government’s intention to introduce more flexible parental leave and to implement a more streamlined and efficient employment tribunal system with an emphasis on early conciliation, which will aim to give employers more confidence to take on new workers. The Government has also pledged to take forward many of the radical recommendations outlined in ‘Health at work – an independent review of sickness absence’ (November 2011), which will transform the sickness absence system to enable employers to manage periods of sickness more effectively. However, the Government is clear that there is much more work to be done.
Whilst the Government endeavours to encourage business growth at a national level, companies continue to face many challenges within their organisations. Uncertainty about the current business environment has increased by 50% over the last two years, taking its toll on workforces – illustrated by higher levels of stress, absence, discontent and 'presenteeism' due to longer working hours with no additional rewards and fear of redundancies. Employee disengagement is becoming a growing problem with bullying, harassment and discontent between staff and managers more common.
In order to maintain a healthy, engaged and productive workforce with a lower staff turnover, greater attention must be placed on developing measures to encourage employee engagement, such as supporting flexible working, addressing discrimination, investing in staff training and development and fostering good relations between staff and management.
This special national symposium brings together a number of key issues affecting HR professionals in 2012 in order to improve understanding of the development of government policy and regulations and their impact on your organisation. The symposium will explore how to embed flexibility into the workplace in order to navigate through the tough economic climate.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair’s Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One:
Flexible, Effective, Fair – Shaping the Workplace of the Future
|11:15||Morning Coffee Break|
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
Panel Session Two:
Maximising the Potential of Your Workforce - Attracting Talent, Raising Productivity, Improving Performance
|14:15||Afternoon Coffee Break|
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments|
The Employment Law Review seeks to address the reality that businesses see that the cost and complexity of employment laws impact on their ability to take on staff and grow. However, the Review also aims to tackle perceptions about employment law and dispel myths about what employers can or cannot do in the workplace in managing their staff. We want to ensure that these reforms are not at the expense of compromising fairness for individuals, responding to the concern of employees and their representatives that individuals will be exposed to unfair practices if employment regulation is weakened or removed.
— Employment Law Review, Annual Update 2012, March 2012