What to expect in 2017 – employment law, industrial relations and trends in HR

  • Event: What to expect in 2017 – employment law, industrial relations and trends in HR
  • Date: 07/02/2017
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Venue: The Oakwood Hotel, Airport Road, 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.


Our breakfast briefing will seek to cover a wide range of topics which will include:

  • Trends in HR for 2017 – exploring the key HR challenges facing businesses over the next 12 to 24 months and how to best now prepare to meet these challenges
  • The Employment Law Landscape 2017 – what to expect in terms of changing employment legislation, case law, the WRC & future developments in this ever increasing area of complexity
  • Industrial Relations Trends – with significant challenges being experienced by businesses, how to prepare and navigate through the IR machinery from the challenges in pay talks, collective bargaining rights and disputes
  • 2016 – what you may have missed but the team in Adare Human Resource Management didn’t


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

Who should attend? HR Practitioners, Managers, Business Owners

Price: Members €15 / Non-Members €25


Panel of Expert Speakers from Adare Human Resource Management

  • 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.

  • Liam MacNamee, Head of Employer Relations

Liam MacNamee graduated from Dublin City University with degree in Business Studies, specialising in Human Resource Management. Liam also completed a Master’s degree in Human Resource Strategies with Dublin City University and has recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies with the Honourable Society of King’s Inns.

Prior to joining Adare Human Resource Management, Liam worked as a HR Executive for the Local Government Management Agency where he led a major Government reform agenda involving 3,000 employees and was responsible for the delivery of a customer focused industrial relations and specialist employment law advisory service to the local government sector employing 27,500 employees. Liam also previously spent a decade working with Teagasc as Employee Relations Manager where he was responsible for the management and co-ordination of all employee related issues, at a strategic and individual level.

As the Head of Employer Relations, Liam is responsible for overseeing the provision of high quality employee and industrial relations advice and service to Adare Human Resource Management clients and managing a portfolio of clients as well as representing organisations in third parties.

  • 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.  

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Company Profile

With offices in Dublin and Shannon, Adare Human Resource Management are one of Ireland’s best-known and respected providers of Employment Law, Industrial Relations and best practice Human Resource Management services. Adare Human Resource Management is an Irish Company with a unique knowledge of the needs of Irish business – as well as the experience, expertise and dedication to excellence required to fulfill them. www.adarehrm.ie


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