New Employment Bill to give employees more power

A New Employment Bill is set to give employees more power over when they work, supporting flexible working. Unpaid carers’ leave entitlement is also set to be extended. A new single enforcement body will give workers a right to redress when treated unfairly.

Fully understanding the evolving legislative landscape often presents challenges for those managing employees or running a business. New legislation, repeals, amendments and court/tribunal rulings all add to its complexity. 

Our Annual Employment Law Masterclass 2020 could not come at a better time for organisations and people professionals. Our experts from Eversheds Sutherland LLP and Acas North West will bring you up to date on recent and forthcoming developments in employment law, providing guidance and increased clarity on the impact for your business/organisation.

We will include several interactive sessions in January, inviting you to actively participate in live polls as well as table discussions to stimulate your thinking and deepen your understanding of the ever-changing legal landscape.


(Final agenda will be confirmed in early January 2020)

  • New Employment Bill – Protecting and enhancing workers’ rights when the UK leaves the EU,
  • Agency workers
    Right to key facts and same conditions as those employed directly by the hirer, following Swedish Derogation repeal,
  • Case Law
    Overview and analysis of selected court and tribunal rulings, highlighting implications and recommendations for practice. 2019 saw significant developments in case law which impact all organisations 
  • Brexit
    Updates on key rights and impacts expected
  • Employment contracts
    Entitlement to a written statement of particulars extended to all workers
  • Holiday pay
    Change to reference period for certain types of workers
  • Immigration
    Australian-style points based immigration system (ending free movement)
  • Information & consultation of employees
    Lowering ICE regs. from 10% to 2%
  • IR35 regime reform
    Private sector roll-out with significant impact on agencies and organisations using contractors
  • Mental health (with Acas)
    Your legal obligations and responsibilities
  • Parental bereavement leave
    New rights to statutory leave
  • Termination payments taxation
    Employer class 1A NICs
  • Whistleblowing, NDAs and Sexual Harassment 
    A full update on court and tribunal rulings in very challenging areas
  • Panel Q&A
    Feel free to submit your questions at the time of booking.  You may edit your questions prior to our masterclass

Who should attend

HR professionals at all levels, business owners and managers, CEOs, managers, line-managers, employee representatives, and students in business, law and HRM.

Benefits of attending 

Our Annual Employment Law Masterclass remains of the most comprehensive and affordable options on the North-West business calendar, and our rates remain unchanged since 2016.

Keeping up to date on employment law ensures you have the awareness necessary to manage your people lawfully; mitigating the risk of costly lawsuits, potential fines and reputational damage. 

What to expect

  • Our Masterclass begins at 09:30 with a hearty bacon breakfast,* 
  • Settle in at your table or network with fellow delegates, experts and Manchester Branch volunteers,
  • Short breaks between all sessions to ensure you have a few moments to gather your thoughts, make additional notes or draft a question for our closing panel Q&A with all speakers,
  • For those who want a little fresh air, take a stroll on the terraces (accessible directly from our conference suite)
  • Comprehensive delegates packs comprising detailed notes, case studies and more,
  • Free parking passes on arrival
  • Certificates of attendance

Our Experts

Eversheds Sutherland

We are delighted to welcome the law firm Eversheds Sutherland LLP for a second year. Naeema Choudry (Partner, Human Resources Practice Group) will lead our Masterclass with her team. Naeema advises on all aspects of employment law and is a highly experienced Employment Tribunal litigator. She advises on executive terminations, whistleblowing, large-scale redundancies, TUPE, contractual disputes and discrimination issues. Naeema features in the Legal 500, Legal Experts and Chambers directories where she is noted for her “articulate and professional manner” and “high level of competency in many areas, including tribunals, pension issues and discrimination.”

Acas North West

We welcome James Boffey (Acas Manchester Office – Training and Advisory) who always delivers engaging sessions. James has worked with a range of public and private sector organisations across the North West and provides advice, training and support to both staff and management; improving employment relations and business performance.

The Venue

Emirates Old Trafford is home to Lancashire County Cricket Club and is one of the most prestigious conference venues in Manchester. Our conference suite offers panoramic views over the famous pitch and, weather permitting, you’ll be free to stroll along the terraces.


  • ‘The learning from is excellent and good value for money. Great networking opportunity.’
  • ‘Addressed my questions and alerted me to other areas of potential challenge.’
  • ‘Full of useful and usable suggestions and information that I can use to make an impact at work.’
  • ‘Quality speakers; very experienced and explained the main points in an easy to understand way.’
  • ‘Examples of case law helped me to understand how updates are applied in the day-to-day business environment.’

Additional information

Conference Rates

  • CIPD Member £150
  • Non-Member £240
  • CIPD Student Member £75

Group bookingsWe offer a free place for group bookings of five or more delegates.

Ticket Sales

Ticket sales are online-only, and VAT is included in the price of all tickets.

Dietary requirements*

Please indicate any preferences or needs at the time of booking.

Waiting List

As this event is hugely popular, we have set up a waiting list. If you join our waiting list, you will receive an email notification as soon as a place becomes available and you will have 4 hours to register before the place becomes available to the next person on the waiting list.

Cancellation Policy

If you find you are unable to attend the event, please give at least 30 working days notice so we can release your ticket to someone on our waiting list. You can cancel your ticket via the Eventbrite desktop site or send us an email, and we will cancel your ticket.

Delegate badges

Please submit your job title and company when completing your registration. We will use this information to produce your delegate badge.

Free parking on-site

If you are driving to the venue, we provide free parking on-site. 

Video & photography

Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used for promotional purposes. By attending our Masterclass, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any promotional materials.

We hope to welcome you, once again, to our flagship employment law event and trust that the changes we have made (based on your feedback) will ensure that we exceed your expectations.

Our interactive and mobile-friendly programme is easy to access from any device; it includes all you need to know about our branch events, local and regional conferences, with speaker profiles and booking links. 

Updated regularly with new events, our programme will accompany you throughout the branch year and contains handy links to our social media channels, branch website, email and event catch-ups.

Location Manchester, England E-mail Hours Our hours vary according to our programme.
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