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Kingston Law School business breakfast: Employment disputes – staying outside the tribunal

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Time: 8.00am - 10.00am
Venue: Room 322 (boardroom), Kingston Business School, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free
Speaker(s): Gwyneth Pitt (professor of law, Kingston Law School), Pamela Sellman (principal lecturer, Kingston Law School)

Kingston Law School business breakfast: Employment disputes – staying outside the tribunal

Four years, 14 consultations, three major pieces of legislation – and counting.

Almost as soon as it was elected in 2010, the coalition government embarked on a wide-ranging view of employment law and practice, to last throughout this parliament. The result has been some fundamental changes to the way employment disputes should be handled in the workplace, if costly tribunal proceedings are to be avoided. It is important for all managers to have an appreciation of the different landscape and a road map to help them deal with issues on the ground.

Many of these initiatives are aimed at keeping cases away from tribunals – although there are fears that in some cases, this may backfire and actually cause more litigation. While fees for claimants and changes to tribunal procedure may deter some speculative tribunal cases, it must be noted that the penalties for employers who get it wrong are also increasing, and it looks as if the employer who loses in the tribunal will end up paying the claimant's fees.

This session will provide an overview of the key changes and their implications for managers and employees, focusing on some of the common scenarios which are likely to arise. There will be an emphasis on methods of heading off disputes before they become potential tribunal claims, in particular using methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) such as facilitative mediation. And there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss the questions you have about the new rules in practice.

The morning will begin with breakfast and networking, and round off with talks from our two Kingston Law School experts on this important issue.

Booking has now closed for this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Sahar Mansoori-Zangir
Tel: 020 8417 5632
Email: s.mansoorizangir@kingston.ac.uk

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