With the latest unemployment figures showing 2.685 million
people out of work (the highest since 1994), it is no wonder that
HR professionals are finding themselves under increasing pressure
as the burden of measures such as cost cutting and changing
strategies impact on employees.
The number of cases taken to employment tribunal grew by 44% to
just over 218,000 in the 2 years to April 2011 and predictions are
that they will continue to rise this year, increasing the burden on
businesses and their HR staff. (The Citizens Advice Bureau
has warned that abolishing legal aid for employment advice will
actually increase the number of cases that end up at an employment
Issues such as 'working time' accounted for 114,000 of those
cases, 'unfair dismissal' 71,000 and 'discrimination' no fewer than
46,000 cases. No wonder employers are looking for cost
effective ways to make sure that their employment law and HR
policies and procedures are up to date and appropriate, and that
their HR staff have effective support to help them deal with the
growing number of issues they face on a daily basis.
'The HR Exchange Doncaster' is Doncaster's newest HR forum and
is presented by a dynamic collaboration between leading recruitment
consultants, Brewster McBride and niche employment law specialists,
Bhayani Bracewell; a unique combination of employment expertise
which will ensure that attendees get the very best discussion and
guidance available in the region.
Meetings will be held bi-monthly in a relaxed, round-table
format at Brewster McBride's offices in Doncaster, and to make sure
that HR managers and professionals get as much as they can out of
the forum, taking as little time out of busy schedules as possible,
all of the meetings will be held over a light lunch from 12 noon to
The forum will tackle legal and practical issues relating to the
whole HR life cycle; from recruitment right up to termination, and
will include many of the issues that even the most experienced of
HR managers find tricky.
Employment law continues to change at a pace, and the forum will
give attendees the opportunity to share experiences with peers in
various industry sectors and discuss how recent changes such as The
Equality Act, The Bribery Act, extended rights for fathers, Agency
Worker Regulations and the abolition of the default retirement age
has affected them, or how they might be affected in the future.
The forum will be facilitated by award winning employment lawyer
Jay Bhayani of Bhayani Bracewell. Jay has many years'
experience of dealing with all aspects of employment law in a wide
range of industry sectors from not for profit organisations to
large-scale industries. She is recognised as a leader in her
field and is known for her no-nonsense, pragmatic approach to
dealing with employment issues.
Jay and her team of employment experts will be on hand at all of
the meetings and will share information and tips that will help HR
managers and professionals understand and apply the law in the most
practical and effective way possible.
Enhancing your HR knowledge and expertise will certainly help
you to contribute to the success of your business, particularly in
today's difficult climate - so if that is what you want to doThe HR
Exchange Doncaster is exactly where you need to be.