At Ibec’s Employment Law Conference 2017, on 11 May in Croke Park, our conference will give delegates an insight into upcoming legislation and the various legislative proposals that are likely to affect your business.
Since the publication of the “University of Limerick Study on the Prevalence of Zero Hour Contracts and Low Hour Contracts in the Irish Economy”, heated debate has continued as to the findings and recommendations in relation to zero hour and banded hour contracts. By using the terms part-time, variable, low hour, and if and when interchangeably, the University of Limerick study conflated a wide range of working arrangements, many of which suit both parties. In viewing all forms of flexible working as interchangeable, the study appeared to use evidence relating to one type of arrangement to support recommendations aimed at regulating another. As a result of the University of Limerick recommendations, we have already seen two Private Members’ Bills proposed, namely the Banded Hours Contract Bill 2016 and the Protection of Employment (Uncertain Hours) Bill 2016, in addition to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation proposing legislation arising from the recommendations of the University of Limerick study. Our conference will focus on these new initiatives and what they could mean for your business.
Our conference will also examine recent developments in retirement age, including the Workplace Relations Commission’s proposed Code of Practice arising from the Report of the Interdepartmental Group on Fuller Working Lives, a report on work and retirement, launched by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in August 2016. Furthermore, we will also examine the Employment Equality (Abolition of Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2016, a recent Private Member’s Bill, seeking to abolish mandatory retirement age which, despite acknowledging the numerous technical difficulties with the proposed Bill, has not been opposed, in principle, by the Government.
In recent months, the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016, a Private Member’s Bill which the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has supported, has proposed to effectively allow self-employed workers apply to the Minister for an exemption from section 4 of the Competition Act 2002, to allow certain categories of self-employed workers to engage in collective bargaining. We will examine this recent proposal and various other Private Members’ Bills proposed in recent months.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, a ground breaking piece of data protection legislation, will come into force on 25 May 2018, impacting significantly on every business as it introduces severe financial penalties for non-compliance. Now is the time to get your house in order and take steps to prepare, as your data protection obligations are about to get more onerous. Faced with these changes, the Assistant Data Protection Commissioner, John Keyes, will give delegates an insight into the practical implications of the new legislation and what your company now needs to be doing to prepare for the implementation of this legislation. Our conference will also examine the potential employment law implications of Brexit and the potential impact on employment law.
As well as focusing on new employment law policy initiatives, our expert panel of speakers will look at the topical employment relations issues of the day including the employment law decisions of most significance in recent months, recent lessons from case law on workplace investigations, and the top breaches of data protection in the workplace in recent months. Furthermore, we will also look at the implications of the recent Labour Court decision in Freshways under the revised dispute settling mechanism set out in the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Acts 2001-2015, and the new regime for Registered Employment Agreements and Sectoral Employment Orders. In addition, our guest speaker will advise on how best to manage external communications when internal employment matters become public.
As always, our conference aims to inform employment law and human resources practitioners of the very latest developments and provides an opportunity for delegates to share their experiences.
Join us on May 11 for insight, information and thorough analysis of what matters most in employment law.
Visit www.ibec.ie/EmployConf for full programme details and booking.
Pauline O'Hare, Ibec Employment Law Services Unit
Wednesday, 12 April 2017