Essentials of employment law

Essentials of employment law is a lively and highly interactive two-part online workshop on Wednesday 5 and Wednesday 12 May. It is aimed at HR team members who have limited knowledge of UK employment law or other managers who wish to gain this knowledge.
The workshop uses real-life case studies largely based on examples from the Higher Education sector to give participants an understanding of the principles and main provisions of employment law and provides practical advice in applying the law. Where relevant, Covid-19 related considerations will be woven into the material.

The workshop will combine PowerPoint presentations with a wide variety of practical case studies, quizzes and polls to ensure inter-action and engagement. There will be the opportunity to raise queries and share experiences with an expert legal tutor and with fellow participants from the HE sector.

Part 1 on Wednesday 5 May will cover:

  • An introduction to employment rights; some employment law ‘urban myths'(!).
  • Contracts of employment (formation, implied terms, breaches of contract, changing contracts). 
  • Discipline and dismissal; rights of representation; constructive dismissal.
  • Equalities/equal opportunities: who is protected?; direct and indirect discriminations; new developments on philosophical belief. 
  • Flexible working requests, bullying and harassment; disability and reasonable adjustments; equal pay.

Part 2 on Wednesday 12 May will cover:

  • Redundancy and reorganisation: consultations, selection criteria, processes and pitfalls.
  • TUPE; fixed-term and part-time workers’ rights; time-off rights; ill-health and investigations.
  • Collective rights; trade unions and recognition; industrial action. Vicarious liability.
  • Current and future developments: Covid-19, homeworking, Brexit, the government’s future plans; Settlement Agreements.

Attendees of Fundamentals of employment law which this new online workshop replaces have said the following:
“Perfect for someone new to this area – didn’t assume any knowledge, yet was challenging and stretching at the same time.”
“Everyone in HR should go to this course.”
“Very enjoyable and informative. Takes a difficult and sometimes confusing subject and puts it into relevant and easy to digest format.” 
“I would recommend this course to all and any HR staff unfamiliar with employment law. I am certain it will benefit my practise and knowledge in this area.”
“Brilliant course and trainer, practical and informative. Engaging throughout.”  
“The trainer was very knowledgeable and engaging, he made a particularly challenging topic easy to understand and enjoyable, with real examples to bring content alive.”  

Dates and programme

The workshop will be delivered in four, two-hour sessions over two days. It takes place between 10 am and 12 noon and 1 pm to 3 pm on Wednesday 5 and Wednesday 12 May
Individual attendees need to attend all four sessions over the two days to reap the full benefit of attending. 
For fuller details see the timed programme below. 
 Essentials of employment law - programme

Attendance fee and how to book

The participation fee is £300 per place (VAT free) for UCEA members. When booking a place, you now have the option of paying online by credit card (note our online booking system indicates the ticket as £300). You can of course be invoiced for the £300 attendance fee (note our online booking system indicates the invoice ticket as £0, you will be invoiced for £300).
Individual attendees need to attend all four sessions over the two days to reap the full benefit of attending. 
For the benefit of attendees, we are limiting attendance to a maximum of 15 attendees.

This workshop is now fully booked. Join the waiting list by emailing

If you have any queries regarding your interest in attending, please contact