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Employers Federation Employment Law & HR Conference

04/10/2022

We were delighted to have over 120 delegates attend our Employment Law & HR Conference on 21 September 2022 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. We started the day with some fun interactive sketches drawn by the artist Nuff Inc and delegates had the opportunity to try out their batting skills with a game of table tennis.

We were joined by exhibitors from organisations relevant to the topics we were discussing:

The Labour Relations Agency; Women in Business; Autism NI; Cara Friend; The Rainbow Project – Northern Ireland; Institute Of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland; Menopause Champions Stephanie Reid; Disability Action Northern Ireland; Employers For Childcare; PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland Charity; Business in the Community Northern Ireland; Action Mental Health; Nexus – supporting victims of domestic abuse; Parenting NI.

There was such a definite, positive buzz and as Alan Lyons described us – we are a ‘community’ of good, decent people.

Our host for the event was Karen Moore, Senior Employment Lawyer who took us through the programme of topics which included:

Michelle McGinley, Director of Legal & Policy was first up covering Policy and Laws: What’s happening? She spoke about some interesting developments ahead, in particular the Domestic Abuse and Safe Leave Act 2022;

Next up we had Sara Plower, Employment Lawyer presenting the Case Law Review and the importance of having a Dignity at Work policy backed up by relevant training;

Business Psychologist, Alan Lyons of Kinch Lyons gave a powerful presentation on how to make your emotions your superpower;

We then had Kathryn O’Lone, Senior Employment Lawyer who delivered a Practical Approach to Creating a Trans Inclusive Workplace. A very thought-provoking session with great tips on staff training and policy reviews;

Jamie Cater Senior Policy Manager from our sister organisations MAKE UK was next up to talk about ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) and the benefits of HR leading on ESG.

Tom Hadley, Business Consultant delivered a fact filled session on What do Global World of Work Developments Mean in Practice for NI Employers and Business Leaders:

“70% of young people would rather turn down a new job than work for an organisation that didn’t align with their values.”

Then we broke for lunch and enjoyed a sit-down meal and catching up with familiar faces who we had all really missed seeing in person over the last 2 years

After lunch we had an engaging panel session chaired by Michelle McGinley on some of the big issues affecting business – strikes and industrial action; recruitment crisis and what might we expect from the new Prime Minister. We had great responses from our panellists: Peter Bloch, Managing Director, Tom Hadley, Christine White, Head of Business Development Women in Business and Sinead Sharpe, HR Director, Staff line;

We followed this with Lorraine Toolan, Head of Training who covered the tricky issues of Handling Subject Access Requests and dealing with balancing the interests of personal information and confidentiality.

Lastly, we had a double presenter team – Tim Thomas, Solicitor and Alice Tranter, Senior Legal Associate on Business Travel and service provision in Europe

We held our raffle throughout the day and gave away prizes which peaked with the final voucher for Galgorm Resort & Spa voucher.

It was well and truly a great day enjoyed by all.