Manchester Employment Seminar: Booking now!

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2016 has been a turbulent political year so far, and with the dust now settling on the EU referendum result it is time for employers to start preparations for the post-Brexit economy, together with the more mundane – but no less important – everyday challenges of the UK business world.

To help employers confront the tasks ahead we have established a panel of expert educators who will provide our delegates with practical and accessible guidance as follows:

  • An update on all the key Employment Law changes from Sarah Tahamtani
  • How Early Intervention polices can reduce workplace absence with Scott Rayner
  • A look at Unconscious Bias in the workplace by Luise Usiskin
  • A review of the complex & changing world of Employee Benefits with Steve Herbert

As ever we also have a fascinating venue for our delegates to enjoy.  This time we in the impressive surrounds of The Conference Chamber at Manchester Town Hall.  This venue has been hugely important to the history of Manchester and the surrounding area, and most recently featured in the news agenda as the backdrop to the formal announcement of the North West’s EU referendum result.  This fitting venue for our event is well served by many public transport links.

Seminar details:

  • Date:  Wednesday 5th October 2016
  • Timings:  Coffee and registration 09:00; Event begins 09:40; Concludes 12:10
  • Location:  Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5DB
  • Suitable for:  Senior Human Resources and Finance Professionals
  • CPD:  The seminar will qualify for 2 hours CPD
  • Cost:  FREE!* (including a chance to win a Fortnum & Mason hamper)

*All bookings are subject to our usual event terms and conditions (including a late cancellation charge) which can be viewed here:  Jelf Events: Terms and Conditions of acceptance

Full Agenda:        

09:00     Registration, coffee and networking

09:40     Welcome

09:45     Employee Benefits:  “The times they are a changin’…”

The outcome of the EU Referendum has added a further layer of complexity to an already muddled outlook for the world of employee benefits.  With this in mind, Steve will seek to highlight some hot topics which employers may need to better understand.  This session will include employee engagement lessons from the Referendum, how (and why) to engage line managers in benefits offerings & communications, changes to childcare support for working parents, and the ongoing Consultation on Salary Sacrifice benefits.  An important (and hopefully fun) session for all delegates.

                Speaker:  Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy, Jelf Employee Benefits

10:15     Managing Employee Absence:  “The benefits of Early Intervention”

Employee absence costs are a major drag on the UK economy, yet few employers actively seek to tackle this issue.  Scott Rayner, an Early Intervention expert from insurer Canada Life, will review this topic and clearly demonstrate how the duration of employee absence can be significantly reduced by the use of early intervention tools.

Speaker: Scott Rayner, GIP Proposition Manager, Canada Life Limited

10:35     Delegate Voting

10:45     Break/ Refreshments/ Networking

11:10     Diversity & Inclusion:  “Understanding Unconscious Bias”

We are delighted to welcome Luise Usiskin to our seminar programme.  Luise will seek to provide delegates with an understanding of the nature of Unconscious Bias and how it impacts individual and group attitudes, behaviours and decision making processes.  This is sure to be an important, necessary and enlightening session for all delegates.

Speaker:  Luise Usiskin, Trainer, Challenge Consultancy Ltd

11:35     Employment Law:  “Employment Law update”

Sarah Tahamtani will look at some of the recent developments in the world of Employment Law and look forward to what’s on the horizon.  Topics discussed will include gender pay gap reporting, calculating holiday pay, the apprenticeship levy and the national living wage.   The implications for Employment Law post-Brexit will of course also feature.  A necessary session for all delegates.

Speaker:  Sarah Tahamtani, Partner, Clarion Solicitors

12:00     Prize Draw:  A chance to win a Fortnum and Mason hamper

12:10     Closing comments/ Seminar concludes

Due to the number of topics to be covered, the level of detail may vary.  Speakers will focus on the subject areas that are topical and most likely to be relevant at the time of the seminar


So how do I book a place?

If you (and/or an appropriate colleague) would like to attend, please email:

…with the following details for each delegate…

    • Full name
    • Job title
    • Company name
    • Telephone number
    • Email address
    • Please add “Manchester Town Hall” to the subject line of your email

I do hope you can join us for this important, informative and fun event.

Best regards


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Steve Herbert is an award-winning thought leader on Pensions and Employee Benefit issues. His principal aim is better communicating the value and usage of employee benefits to employers. This he has achieved through many (highly successful) seminar series over the last decade, and his regular and widely read blog posts on the subject.
He also acts as a judge in HR and Employee Benefits industry awards, article writer, and product innovator. Steve is a regular contributor to DWP forums and compulsive responder to formal Government Consultations on pension and employee benefit issues. He is occasionally accused of making employee benefits interesting.