The 2018 HR and Employment Law Landscape – what HR practitioners need to know

  • Event: The 2018 HR and Employment Law Landscape – what HR practitioners need to know
  • Date: 27/02/2018
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Venue: Gateway Hub, Shannon Airport House , Shannon, Co Clare
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HR Professionals, Business Owners and Managers are all too aware of the on-going challenges in the area of Employment Law, Industrial Relation and HR Management. With the changes to existing legislation, new Acts being introduced and the sheer volume of case law, it can be extremely difficult for any Organisation to keep on top. This is coupled with increasing industrial unrest and ongoing discussions regarding pay.

This breakfast briefing will cover key topics including:

The Employment Law Landscape 2018 – from the planned introduction of zero hours contracts, the actual implications for HR in carrying out investigations and disciplinary processes following the Lyons High Court decision, GDPR and its impact on HR through to the new WRC Code of Practice on Longer Working, there is no shortage of areas for consideration for HR and Employment Law Practitioners

Industrial Relations Trends – with an increasing number of claims to the WRC, a continued trend towards industrial unrest across a number of sectors, challenges within the GIG economy and the constant dialogue around pay, there are several key areas for HR to watch out for this year

Your HR Plans for 2018 – what are in your HR plans for 2018 – how does this compare with your competitors and HR best practice in other sectors… for thought…..

Who should attend?

HR Practitioners, Managers, Business Owners


Derek McKay, Managing Director

Derek McKay, BBS, Chartered MCIPD, is an experienced Senior Human Resource and Employment Law practitioner who has worked extensively in the private, public and not for profit sectors. Prior to setting up Adare Human Resource Management in 2003, Derek worked in the Human Resource Departments in a number of multinational organisations. 

Derek’s role involves overseeing the Employment Law support services and HR Management Consultancy services provided to clients across a wide range of sectors by the team of consultants within Adare Human Resource Management. Derek regularly speaks at seminars throughout the country on HR and Employment related topics and contributes to numerous publications in this area also.

Katie Ridge, Head of Employer Relations
Katie Ridge, Chartered MCIPD, Barrister at Law, has practical Human Resource experience combined with substantial employment law knowledge and workplace investigation know how. She has supported many Organisations by providing practical legal and professional advice and guidance.

Katie has a broad range of employment law experience specialising in workplace investigations, grievance and disciplinary matters, as well as representing Organisations in the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court.

Prior to joining Adare Human Resource Management, Katie has supported a diverse range of private, not-for-profit and public sector Organisations. She has worked as a barrister for 15 years in addition to her 10 years working within HR roles. 

Tommy Cummins, Head of Industrial Relations

Tommy Cummins advises Adare Human Resource Management clients on significant and large scale industrial relations issues. Tommy regularly represents Organisations in the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

In his role of Head of Industrial Relations, Tommy assists unionised and non-unionised Organisations in the design, development and delivery of Organisational change through an Employee Relations framework, including redefinition of established IR processes and introduction of Pay and Reward structures to drive tangible productivity gain within the Organisation. 

Prior to working with Adare Human Resource Management, Tommy worked for over 20 years in a senior HR capacity within diverse multinational organisations such as Fujitsu Microelectronics, IBM and AXA Insurance. Tommy’s achievements have been recognised within the fields of IR and HR when he was an invited speaker at for two years at the IRN Conferences and also a Winner of the CIPD Watson Wyatt HR Innovation Award.

Registration from 7.45 am

Members Fee €20 / Non Members Fee €30

Time will be allocated throughout and at the end for Q&A. An information pack with information will be available at the briefing.

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