Essentials of employment law

Essentials of employment law is a lively and highly interactive two-part online workshop on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June. 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 interaction 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 Tuesday 11 June 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 June 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 previous runs of this online workshop said the following:
“I would say my expectations were exceeded! Employment Law can be a fairly dry topic at times but the trainer brought it to life with fantastic case studies, participation through the regular polls he ran with the group to check understanding and his obvious passion for employment law. It was thoroughly enjoyable.”
“Everyone in HR should go to this course.”
“The trainer makes the content highly engaging and has a strong passion for employment law. I found the quizzes to be an effective way of challenging prior assumptions about the subject and really useful way to encourage discussions. He welcomes incorrect answers and educated guesses without making individuals feel at pressure. The materials that he has provided are something that I'm sure will serve as a useful reference in future!”
“Brilliant course and trainer, practical and informative. Engaging throughout.”  

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 Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June.
Individual attendees need to attend all four sessions over the two days to reap the full benefit of attending. Please note we do not make audio recordings of our training sessions.
For fuller details see the timed programme below. 


Attendance fee and how to book

We are offering a special ‘early bird’ price of £525 per place (VAT free) for UCEA members until midnight on Wednesday 29 May

The participation fee after this date is £549 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 £525/£549). You can of course be invoiced for the £525/£549 attendance fee (note our online booking system indicates the invoice ticket as £0, you will be invoiced for £525/£549).

If you do not work at a UCEA member institution and are interested finding out more about this course please email

For the benefit of attendees, we are limiting attendance to a maximum of 15 attendees

UCEA member HEIs can book via tickettailor

If you would like to attend future runs of this course in 2024 or enquire about running this course at your HE institution, please contact