Annual HR Conference

16th July 2013

The HR Conference is kindly sponsored by ProAktive.

If you would like to download the presentations from this event please select them below. Brigadier Bibby  Kelly Wilson  Nick Pearson  John Carter  Peter Wright Following on from the success of our HR Conference in 2012 where we had over 100 attendees, the Annual HR Conference will once again tackle employment matters whilst giving HR professionals the opportunity to network and share best practise. We have pulled together the very best quality speakers, case studies and exhibitors to provide an interactive conference with a question and answer session at the end. Open to all businesses, this event aims to be the regions main employment event of the year. We will help you manage your employment responsibilities by keeping up to date with new developments and promoting best practice. Our speakers are: Social Media and the Law - Peter Wright from Taylor Bracewell Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn are all well and good socially but when using for business, or by employees at work, can have serious issues and implications. With businesses ever increasing their use of social media in their business strategy it is vital that companies and employees fully understand the problems which can arise and which need to be managed throughout the company. Peter is a Solicitor and the Managing Director of DigitalLawUK who provide Data Protection & Social Media Law products and services. He is also the Law Society Council Member for Yorkshire and is a member of the Law Society's Technology & Law Reference Group. He speaks widely on issues relating to Data Protection, technology, Social Media and the Law appearing at many conference and events both in the UK, Europe and the US. He is a past Secretary General of the European Young Bar Association, a member of the Law Society's Membership Board and is the President of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies. Maternity Rights Kelly Wilson from Irwin Mitchell Kelly mainly acts for employers ranging from small businesses to international companies on contentious and non-contentious issues. Kelly advises on all aspects of employment law including disciplinary and dismissal issues, grievances, discrimination, collective redundancies and TUPE. Kelly works as a part of the Sheffield employment team covering South Yorkshire, and also as part of a wider national employment team. Kelly will be looking at maternity issues in the modern workplace, with emphasis on the not commonly discussed areas such as what to do in cases of still births, miscarriages etc. Mental Health and Employment - Nick Pearson from Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Service An over view of issues around mental health and employment with some details of practical tools employers can use to keep people in work and return them to work more quickly after a mental health related sickness absence. Employing a Reservist - Brigadier Bibby CBE, SaBRE SaBRE, Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers, is a Ministry of Defence marketing and communications campaign. Set up in October 2002, it was created with the belief that if an employer understands the role of Reservists, and is aware of the skills they develop, their support for their Reserve Forces employees will be that much greater. Brigadier Bibby CBE will talk of the importance and the advantages of supporting a reservist as an employer. Auto-enrolment are you aware of your responsibilities to your employees? - John Carter from ProAktive Pensions are mandatory for just about every employer, and probably the biggest change in employment legislation in the last couple of decades. On the face of it, they can appear a logistical minefield, and if not approached correctly, a significant additional cost. ProAktive are experienced and local workplace pension specialists, and will offer an insight into this new pension regime and how it can be used as an employee engagement tool, as well as looking at ways of making the task simpler and more economic, and the various tools that can be used to potentially offset the financial burden to employers. John Carter DipPFS is one of the employee benefit advisers at ProAktive. He previously worked as a wealth adviser for national company Towry, and before that as a stockbroker at Edward Jones LLP. He specialises in advising companies on their duties under the new Auto Enrolment legislation, from initial modelling of payroll data through implementation and communication, and then ongoing service and advice to the scheme. He says -whilst this may seem like yet another costly and onerous burden, it is mandatory, and our aim is to make it as efficient, economic and straightforward as possible for employers at the same time as ensuring the workers themselves fully understand the process and purpose after all, it is for their benefit. Recent changes in employment law-shaken not stirred - Jay Bhayani from Bhayani Bracewell. The Government has been working on plans to reduce the number of claims brought before employment tribunals over the course of many years. Some changes have been a mere tinkering around the edges.....this year sees seismic changes which will undoubtedly affect the number of claims commenced. Should employers be celebrating? Is this just a way of denying access to justice to badly treated employees? Stands for the conference are £50.00+VAT for members of Sheffield Chamber. Please contact to secure your stand space - please note, there are limited exhibition spaces available. Limited stand space is available for non-members - please contact for more information and costs. (An exhibitor space will receive a clothed trestle table, 2 chairs, and space behind the stand for exhibition banners. Each exhibition space comes with one free ticket. Power sockets available upon request.)  

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