Forthcoming HR & Employment Law Webinars
Legal-Island has a number of free employment law and HR webinars planned throughout 2020.
Registration is free, and the list of upcoming webinars (along with links to the registration page) is below.
New – Schools Sector Webinars
4.15pm - 5.00pm on Tuesday 5th May 2020
On Tuesday 5th May, we start a new service for school leaders and others interested in schools and teaching in Ireland in association with a panel of experts from NAPD, Mason Hayes & Curran, and THC Consult. We will run two webinars before the summer holidays – 5th May and 23rd June (a Primary School special edition).
Each webinar will
- Feature expert speakers who specialise in Ireland’s school sector
- Allow you to listen live to conversations on current topical changes, legislation and initiatives which have an impact on leadership (and delivery by staff) in schools
- Allow you to put questions (anonymously) live to our expert panel via the chat box
- Allow you the chance to listen back at a time of your choosing
- Come with a written transcript for you to follow shortly after broadcast
In the first in the series we will discuss the following points:
1. Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018: What is the best way forward?
Changes under the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018: The purpose of the 2018 Act aims was to make the rules around admissions to schools more structured, fair and transparent. Some of the provisions of the Act have been commenced and are in operation and others are expected to come into operation from 2021.
- Schools cannot charge fees or ask for contributions as a condition for admission or continued admission – but there are exceptions
- Primary schools are not allowed to use religion as a basis for admission – but there are exceptions
- From 2021 schools will no longer be allowed to use the time and date on which they received an application as a basis for admission
- A school’s board of management will have to publish an annual admissions’ notice before accepting any applications for a given year
- Q&A on DES website & sample templates for admissions policies plus Circular 0007/2020
2. Is this the illusion of inclusion?
The NCSE now has responsibility for services previously provided by the SESS, NBSS and Visiting Teacher Service. Few issues cause as much controversy in schools in both primary and post-primary sectors as does the SNA allocation model and policies around mainstreaming children with special needs. In theory, parents of children with special needs should be able to apply to any school and that school should be able to accommodate their child. However, in practice, some schools do not have the facilities or staff to accept students with severe special needs.
New rules are expected to be introduced from September 2021. SNA allocations are to be linked to SEN Allocations. A pilot programme is running. What will be the impact of the frontloaded SNA allocation model? We also consider the NCSE’s proposed New Brunswick Model, its pros and cons, and its implications for education delivery to ALL students across the State.
Our panel discuss this issue in-depth and offer guidance and answers to your questions, based on many years of experience.
Use the links below to register:
Register for the 5th May: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4058006452427437324
Register for the next webinar in the series:
Register for the 23rd June (Primary School special): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8394980590166636300
For these education sector webinars, our panel from NAPD, THC Consult and Mason Hayes & Curran discuss topics of interest to school leaders and others who wish to advance matters in the school sector in Ireland. Listeners may ask questions live through a chat box or listen back after broadcast.
"Just to say that the webinar earlier this week was excellent. I was able to use the information immediately! Looking forward to next week's already! Keep up the great work! "
Bernadette Kinsella, Assistant General Secretary, JMB
"Well organised with a clear focus for each topic covered."
David O'Connell, Principal, Ballinteer Community School
"It was very practical, informative and the interactive nature was great."
Maryrose Dillon, UCC Academy DAC
"I liked the structure, there were concise overviews of a few different topics so it was easy to remain engaged and interested. "
Anna Purcell, Purcell & Kennedy
"Great speaker, answered questions clearly and simplified the subject matter so it was easily digestible in a 45 minute session"
Ciara Carty, Nursing Homes Ireland
"[I liked] the way information was explained so simply and effectively."
Shaunagh Dunican, RBK
"Time well spent, [I liked the] speedy pace and variety of topics covered."
Barbara Dempsey, Barnardos
"Quick, informative and easy!"
Sinead Cockram, Swissport Dublin
"Just to say that the webinar earlier this week was excellent. I was able to use the information immediately! Looking forward to next week’s already! Keep up the great work! "
Bernadette Kinsella, Assistant General Secretary, JMB
Clive Byrne Director
Clive has been Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) since 2008. Prior to that he was Principal of St Mary’s College Rathmines and Presentation Brothers College Glasthule. He was appointed to the Council of the NCCA in 2012 and is an Executive Board Member of the European School Heads’ Association.
Paul Byrne Deputy Director
Paul is Deputy Director at the NAPD and ESHA Board Member. Paul is a former Deputy Principal having taught at Carrick-on -Shannon Community School, County Leitrim.
Teresa Hand-Campbell Director
Teresa Hand-Campbell is Director of THC Consult, and blends 30 years’ experience as Principal with her work as an Occupational Psychologist, Business Executive Coach, Mediator and registered Psychometric Test User 1 & 2 with the British Psychological Society.
Presently working with clients across both public and private sectors, Teresa seeks to increase understanding of key issues arising in the modern-day workplace while highlighting the essential interdependence of both education and business worlds in achieving national economic prosperity and personal wellbeing.
Ian O’Herlihy Head of Education and The Employment Law & Benefits Group
Mason Hayes & Curran
Ian is Head of MHC Employment Law & Benefits Group and Education Units. Ian has over 20 years’ experience specialising in both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues in the education and healthcare sectors and has been involved in almost all the leading education employment cases in recent years. He advises a broad range of clients on drafting and reviewing workplace procedure and employment contracts, on dealings with trade unions and professional organisations and advises widely on investigation of complaints and the conduct of disciplinary investigations and hearings.
Paul Rochford Senior Associate
Mason Hayes & Curran
As a member of the Education Unit of the Employment Law and Benefits Team at Mason Hayes & Curran, Paul advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious education and employment law including unfair dismissal, equality, bullying and harassment, data protection and GDPR, and internal disciplinary procedures. Paul regularly appears before the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court on a variety of issues, particularly unfair and constructive dismissal and equality and discrimination based complaints.