|27 September 2012|
|27 September 2012|
Equality Law is ever-changing, from the development of case law in the newer jurisdictions, such as age discrimination, to major cases that impact right across Europe and affect every employer. Ireland is falling behind the rest of Europe but we are not immune to the EU-led laws.
Why this event and why now?
This is Ireland's only event with a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of employment equality law developments. We focus on recent case law, as well as legislative developments and the practical implications for employers and their representatives.
We bring together some of the most experienced and respected equality lawyers in Ireland to give you a comprehensive overview, with detailed notes, of all major changes to have occurred in the year prior to this event. We will finish with our round-up of what to expect in equality law in 2013.
Why is this event important for you?
As an employment law practitioner, other representative at tribunals or seasoned HR professional you have to keep up-to-date with developments in this area if you are to defend or pursue cases successfully. You need to know what has changed in order to give the latest, practical and correct advice.
Speakers will concentrate on important case law and useful arguments; the ratio and how these decisions impact on existing law. They will also provide detailed notes, practical templates and advice to all delegates.
After attending you will:
More value from this event:
As well as access to and practical guidance from some of the top equality experts in Ireland, delegates will receive:
Course overview/outline programme:
|9.20am||Introduction: Setting the scene and what to expect from the day (Scott Alexander, Head of Training and Development, Legal-Island)|
Age Discrimination Developments: Say No To Ageism Week was launched in June by Minister of State Fergus O Dowd TD. But what is the current state of play relating to age discrimination in Ireland?
Mary Kelleher, McCann FitzGerald provides analysis and a template age audit document
|10.10am||Q&A: Time to tease out practical and technical issues and clarify specific points|
|10.15am||Discrimination, Recruitment, and Agency Workers: What effect, if any, does the ECJ decision in Meister have regarding disclosure of information about other candidates? Also, as the Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Act 2012 starts to bed in and case law starts to appear in the EU Member States, we focus on the duty to inform of vacancies; discrimination claims against the end-user; the two-tier workforce and establishing comparators. Guidance from Michelle Ni Longain, Partner, ByrneWallace. |
|10.55am||Q&A: Time to tease out practical and technical issues and clarify specific points|
|11.00am||Break & Networking|
Key Equality Issues for 2012:
Cliona Kimber BL provides the practical answers you need to know.
|12.10pm||Q&A: Time to tease out practical and technical issues and clarify specific points|
Equality Issues in Redundancies: One of the most fraught (and expensive) areas of equality law is avoiding liability when going through the redundancy process. How might you act fairly, yet take into account the required protections of those covered under the nine grounds of the Employment Equality Acts? When implementing redundancies, how can employers:
Anne O’Connell, Senior Associate, William Fry examines case law and outlines how employers could best limit their liabilities under equality legislation during a redundancy process and best practices for employers to follow.
|12.55pm||Q&A: Time to tease out practical and technical issues and clarify specific points|
|1.00pm||Lunch & Networking|
Social media and Equality Issues: Every week seems to bring another tale of social media wrong-doing.
Solicitor, Social Media, Employment Law and Technology Law Expert Wendy Doyle explores social media and equality issues and also looks for practical lessons provided by other jurisdictions that employers might wish to consider.
|2.40pm||Q&A: Time to tease out practical and technical issues and clarify specific points|
|2.45pm||Break and Networking|
Code of Practice on Sexual Harassment and Harassment at Work
Using a case study that evolves as the session progresses Bernadette Treanor, Managing Consultant, Beo Solutions, explores the Code of Practice and case law from both the Equality Tribunal and the Labour Court to give some practical insights.
|3.40pm||Q&A: Time to tease out practical and technical issues and clarify specific points|
Carol Fawsitt, Partner and Head of the Employment Law Department, Hayes Solicitors, looks ahead at some of the most eagerly awaited cases pending before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), and analyses the potential impact on domestic employment equality law.
Key issues referred by national courts to the CJEU include:
We also consider what implications, if any, the coming into force of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights, together with the EU’s anticipated accession to the ECHR, may have on the availability of effective remedies for discriminatory treatment in the workplace.
|4.25pm||Q&A: Time to tease out practical and technical issues and clarify specific points|
Who is it for?
This course is designed with experienced employment law practitioners, in-house lawyers and HR professionals in mind.
NOTE: Speakers on this course are asked to assume that delegates have a reasonably sound knowledge of employment equality law. This event is not suitable for beginners in this field.
Full day conference from 9.20am - 4.30pm
Thursday 27th September 2012
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport
Standard Rate: €550
Charity/SME Rate: €445
Save an additional €20 if you book and pay online.
All organisations with fewer than 50 employees or registered charities (registered at the time of booking) qualify for the Charity/SME Rate.
How to Book
Book & Pay Online: Each event page has a link to the booking form at the top. Just fill in the form and click 'Continue'. You can pay by credit card and your details will be sent to us. Confirmation of your booking will be sent to you by email.
Reserve Online & Pay by Invoice: Alternatively, if you require an invoice before paying you can reserve a place online.
For all multiple credit card bookings please telephone Legal-Island on 01 401 3874
Wendy Doyle - Principal, Wendy Doyle Solicitors
Carol Fawsitt - Partner and Head of the Employment Law Department, Hayes Solicitors
Mary Kelleher - Employment Law Solicitor, McCann FitzGerald
Cliona Kimber BL
Michelle Ni Longain - Partner, Byrne Wallace
Anne O'Connell - Senior Associate, William Fry
Bernadette Treanor - Managing Consultant, Beo Solutions