The General Election could have far-reaching implications for Employment Law

23rd February 2015

Book early for Furley Page’s popular workshops covering employment law changes, grievances in the workplace and managing sickness absence

The General Election on 7 May is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable for many years and the result could lead to far-reaching changes to employment law affecting companies of all sizes in Kent.

The possible impact of the election on UK employment law will be one of the many topics placed under the microscope during workshops presented by leading south east law firm, Furley Page.

The interactive workshops, run in partnership with Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, will be held in April and May and are open to Chamber members and non-members whatever the size of their workforce. Last year’s workshops were oversubscribed and people have been urged to book early to ensure they secure a place.

Leading the workshops is Andrew Masters, Partner and Head of Employment at Furley Page. “Our annual workshops have become widely-regarded as ‘must-attend’ events for Kent employers and are vital to help employers and HR professionals keep up to date with the fast-changing complexities of employment law,” says Andrew, who is recognised as a leading expert in this field.

“Each political party fighting the General Election has policies and manifesto commitments which will, if implemented, have major implications for employment law. We will consider these as part of a comprehensive review of recent developments so employers are up to date and forewarned as to future developments.

“As well as practical guidance, there will be question and answer sessions so there’s plenty of opportunity for delegates to raise issues of concern,” he adds.

Andrew will be joined by Amanda Okill, an Associate who specialises in employment law. Both are part of Furley Page’s highly-regarded Employment Team, which is recommended by the independent legal guides Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

The workshops will be held at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel. Registration is from 8am, starting at 8.30am and finishing at noon. They are:

Employment Law Update for 2015 (Thursday 23 April) – covering employment law and the General Election, proposed and recent changes to employment law, practical guidance on how to prepare for change, effects on HR policies and procedures and people management as well as new cases, employment reforms and implementation of European directives.

Investigating Discipline and Grievances in the Workplace (Thursday 7 May) – including wrongful, unfair and constructive dismissal examples, practical guidance on how to prevent unnecessary and costly disputes, how to ensure that discipline is used early and positively, changes to unfair dismissal law and the importance of social media issues.

Managing Sickness Absence (Thursday 21 May) – including managing short- and long-term absence, how best to avoid potential claims, the importance of disability discrimination law, pre-employment health questionnaires and holiday pay and sickness.

Workshop costs, including bacon rolls and coffee, are £80 (including VAT) to Kent Invicta Chamber members and £90 (inc VAT) to non-members. Call the booking hotline on 01233 503838, email or visit

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