20 October, Kent: Workshop to examine impact of Brexit on HR law

With Britain heading for the EU exit door leading law firm Furley Page will be examining the implications for human resource management and planning at a workshop in Kent.


The Employment Law Update 2016-17 – Post Brexit event, run in partnership with Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce on 20 October, will explain how the UK’s employment laws may change following our departure from the European Union and how employers could be affected.

The workshop, which is open to chamber members and non-members whatever the size of their workforce, will be led by Andrew Masters, Partner and Head of Employment at Furley Page. Andrew is top ranked by independent legal guide Chambers UK.

Andrew says employers are subject to EU-derived employment rights covering a range of issues. These include protection from discrimination of all kinds at all stages of employment; working time and holiday rights; TUPE transfers; health and safety at work rules and much, much more.

So what happens now we have voted to leave? Andrew says the process of withdrawal will involve complex negotiations over a two-year period once Britain has triggered Article 50 of the EU Treaty. Central to this will be the future trading model agreed between the UK and Europe – a hot topic in Whitehall and business circles.

Andrew concludes:

“In the short term, Brexit will not have a transformative effect on UK employment law and HR practice. However, depending upon the trading relationship replacing our membership of the EU, there could be a relaxation of rights and changes in a number of target areas in the medium to longer term.

“Our workshop will consider all of these issues as well as important new cases and developments in employment law including gender pay reporting and apprenticeships so employers and HR practitioners are forewarned.

“As well as practical guidance, there will be question and answer sessions so there’s plenty of opportunity for delegates to raise issues of concern.”

Andrew will be joined by Amanda Okill, a Senior Associate who specialises in employment law. Both are part of Furley Page’s highly regarded Employment Team, which is recommended by the independent legal guides Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Andrew is personally top ranked in the South East by Chambers UK, while Amanda is named as an Associate to watch.


How to attend
The Employment Law Update 2016-17 – Post Brexit workshop will be held at Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Walderslade Woods, Chatham. Registration is from 8am, starting at 8.30am and finishing at noon. Workshop costs, including bacon rolls and coffee, are £80 (including VAT) to chamber members and £90 (inc VAT) to non-members. Call the booking hotline on 01233 503838 or email events@kentinvictachamber.co.uk. To book online visit the Events section of the chamber website or visit www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk/furley-page


For more information about Furley Page visit www.furleypage.co.uk

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Author: Editorial Team

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