Essentials of Employment Law for NI Employers

Essentials of Employment Law for NI Employers

How often have managers heard the phrase, “I know my rights”? Every one of us in Northern Ireland is governed by myriad employment rights and obligations. This best-selling Essentials of Employment Law course sets out the important ones in easy to understand sections and explains how the law of contract binds these rights and obligations together.

The programme for this event has been revised to make it more interactive - but still with extensive, comprehensive notes for future reference.

What are the learning outcomes from Essentials of Employment Law?
This event is an up-to-date and comprehensive overview (and comes with equally comprehensive notes) of the main employment laws that apply in Northern Ireland, such as family-friendly rights, holiday entitlement, discrimination and dismissal law and employment protection rights. Your understanding of these employment laws will be reinforced through group exercises.

What will be covered?

  • The nature of the Contract of Employment (including employment status, agency workers and implied/expressed terms)
  • Duration of employment (including flexible working and leave entitlements)
  • Equality and discrimination issues (including all of the main rights plus fixed term and part-time working)
  • Disciplinary and grievance issues (including statutory procedures and internal rules)
  • Terminating the Employment Contract (including contractual issues, unfair dismissal rights, redundancy and other termination payments)

Who should attend?
HR professionals or other managers who want to know more about employment law, as well as solicitors relatively new to this field or those who need a refresher. This event is not suitable for those with extensive knowledge of NI employment laws.

When and where?
9.30am - 4.30pm, Thursday 17 September 2020
The Merchant Hotel, Belfast


Standard Rate: £495+VAT

Standard Charity/Small Company* Rate: £445+VAT

Save an additional £20 if you pay when booking online.

*All organisations with fewer than 50 employees or charities qualify for our Charity/Small company rate. The number of employees includes all branches, subsidiary/parent companies, boards, trusts and federated organisations.



"It was kept simple and to the point. Easy to follow and understand. Liked the relaxed feel of the event and this allowed for open discussion at times." 
Marie Curran, Senior HR Manager, Belfast HSC Trust

"Very well run course, with excellent speakers." 
Heather Dale, Personnel Administrator, Michelin Tyre PLC

"A complicated topic, kept simple."
Janice Irvine, HR & Administration Manager, Tata Steel

"I thought it was pitched at the right level, information and cases were relevant and up to date. Excellent refresher course."
Jean Oakes, Principal HR/OD Advisor, Belfast City Council

"Well structured event with clear and detailed notes for future reference."
Sheila Mawhinney, Finance Office Manager, Northern Ireland Assembly

"Good overall coverage of various topics and excellent notes provided."
Jenny Hodgen, HR Officer, The Orchardville Society

“The best thing was the knowledge of the speakers. I will use this in my day to day work in the decision making and processes.”
Kyra McDowell, Senior HR Officer. Firstsource

“Very valuable background information into employment law helps when making decisions on staffs' conduct and discipline cases.”
Maura Pettigrew, Conduct and Discipline Officer, NCIS

"The supporting pack provided is very comprehensive and will allow me to future reference advice going forward."
Clare Ellis, HR Business Partner, Ladbrokes


  • Paul Upson
    Paul Upson Associate Director
    Napier Solicitors

    Paul Upson is an Associate Director with employment and education law specialists, Napier Solicitors.

    Paul studied law at Queen’s University and before joining Napier Solicitors he gained over 15 years post qualification experience as an employment solicitor at a major national law firm. He has worked with clients in a wide variety of employment sectors, including schools, further education colleges and universities.

  • Jason Elliott BL
    Jason Elliott BL BL

    Jason Elliott was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2013.  He has developed a civil practice representing individuals, companies and public bodies in litigation.   This covers a range of areas of law such as personal injuries, wills and estates and employment law.  In terms of employment law, he has represented both applicants and respondents in the Industrial Tribunal.  Alongside his practice at the Bar, he is also a part-time lecturer in law at Ulster University where he takes the Employment Tribunal Representation module for Masters students.

  • Shirley Blair
    Shirley Blair Associate
    A&L Goodbody

    Shirley is an Associate in A&L Goodbody's Employment & Incentives team in Belfast. She specialises in defending complex Industrial Tribunal claims, advising on restructuring and managing senior executive disputes and exits. She has recognised expertise in restraint of trade cases and injunctions. Shirley is a member of the Employment Lawyers Group, Employment Lawyers Association and the NI contributory author of the book "Professional Secrecy of Lawyers in Europe". Shirley represents the NICC on the NI Employment Relations Roundtable. She is a qualified Solicitor Advocate. 

Event details


9:30am - 4.30pm


17 September 2020


The Merchant Hotel, Belfast


Standard Rate: £495+VAT
Standard Charity/Small Company* Rate: £445+VAT

Save an additional £20 if you pay online when registering.