The Primas HR Hub

Expert insight
into
common
employment 
law  
challenges

Welcome the Primas HR Hub.

The Primas HR Hub is a knowledge-sharing forum, through which the Primas Employment Law Team intend to keep HR professionals and business leaders informed and updated with important snippets of employment law news and know-how.

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About the Primas HR Hub

We want to share with you what we think you, as someone who may have responsibility for staffing matters within your organisation, could do with knowing as you face the challenges that everyday people management throws your way.

In each three month period, we focus on a particular field or employment law subject which we think is of greatest relevance to people like you. Updates and knowledge sharing within each quarter will therefore have some association to that single theme or subject.

If you would like to sign up to receive email updates from the HR Hub, then please click here. Rest assured, through this forum, you won’t be expected to wade through lengthy articles stuffed with legal jargon, nor be bombarded with an endless series of sales pitches.

Over and above email updates, we relay information in various ways, sharing our pearls of wisdom through a mix of messages and media, whether written, audio or video, in addition to good old “in-person” sessions, typically offering a round table discussion format. You can find out more information about the types of ways we share knowledge with you below.

Our next online webinar

Workplace Investigations:

A fool-proof guide to conducting a robust internal investigation

Our first Primas HR Hub webinar will take place on:
Wednesday 26th June 2024
8.30am - 10am
(Teams link to be shared before event)

Roundtable events

Our roundtable events are a key pillar of the Primas HR Hub.

Hosted in our offices, our exclusive round table events provide attendees with the opportunity to access expert legal advice on trending employment law topics. 

As well as receiving insight and guidance into each chosen subject, attendees have the opportunity to share their own experiences and learn from other around the table.

Spaces are always limited, so register your interest for information on the next event by emailing: hrhub@primaslaw.co.uk

Video content

From interviews with our experienced Employment Team to scenario-based content that demonstrates the best (and worst) ways to handle employment issues, the Primas HR Hub also shares video content to help you navigate some of the challenges you may face from day to day.

Written resources & guides

Our specialist legal team regularly shares their insight into trending employment law issues and news, as well as answering common questions often faced by HR professionals and business leaders.View our written resources and guides here.

 

Key Individuals

David Walton

Head of Employment

david.walton@primaslaw.co.uk

Danielle Ayres

Employment Law Partner

danielle.ayres@primaslaw.co.uk

Catherine Kerr, Partner and Head of Employment at Primas

Catherine Kerr

Employment Law Partner

catherine.kerr@primaslaw.co.uk

Holly Navarro

Employment Law Solicitor

holly.navarro@primaslaw.co.uk

March event: Key employment law updates 2024

Ensuring business owners and HR leaders are up-to-date on the latest legislation in employment law.

With several legislative changes arising within employment law in 2024, including the introduction of new employee rights, like carer’s leave, which aim to make the workplace fairer – it’s important that businesses are fully informed.

Our experts hosted events in Manchester and Liverpool focusing on:

  • Pregnancy/Redundancy Protection
  • The New Flexible Working Regime
  • The Calculation of Holiday Pay Statutory Rights for Workers and Agency Workers and more.

Join us at our next event

Spaces are limited, so make sure to secure your spot by emailing hrhub@primaslaw.co.uk

December event: Navigating workplace bullying and harassment

Educate and prevent: Navigating workplace bullying and harassment. 

Data shows that around one in four people have experienced bullying or have been made to feel left out in their place of work. 

Ahead of the busy Christmas party season and in response to these statistics, December’s Primas HR Hub focused on the critical theme of bullying and harassment in the workplace. 

With the festive season bringing more social events and office parties, it’s crucial for employers and HR professionals to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and confidence needed to effectively deal with unacceptable behaviour, both inside and outside the workplace. 

We provided an in depth overview of the law in this area while also exploring recent high profile cases involving companies such as McDonalds and the National Grid, as well as individuals who have been in the spotlight, like Russell Brand. 

Our goal was to equip employers with the knowledge needed to address any issues of bullying or harassment promptly and effectively. 

Join us at our next event

Spaces are limited, so make sure to secure your spot by emailing hrhub@primaslaw.co.uk

September event: 'When the going gets tough'

A ‘just in case’ toolkit to help prepare employers for challenging times in the workplace.

In business, no one likes to think too much about the bad times and having to make unpopular or tough decisions that might impact on people’s livelihoods. However, we believe it is far better to be well-prepared “just in case” the going gets tough, and hopefully, such preparation will never be needed to be put into practice.

In light of the prevailing economic climate and trends, and following feedback from business owners and HR professionals in our network, we chose “When the going gets tough…” as our headline subject for the September Primas HR Hub roundtable event.

Under this banner headline, we offered insight and guidance into the options and procedures available to employers, in the event that tough decisions have to be made.

We covered workplace scenarios such as the need to consider redundancies, the implementation of changes to terms and conditions of employment and the right to lay-off. However, we also explored alternative, less obvious strategies that employers may look to, when the going gets tough. Needless to say, we sincerely hope that you will never be in a position to need to rely on such insight and guidance, however, better safe than sorry.

The core issues that we covered included:

  • Conducting redundancy consultation processes
  • Fair redundancy selection
  • Revising contract terms 
  • When to use settlement agreements
  • Redundancy pay entitlements
  • Possible alternative strategies to contend with “tough times”

Join us at our next event

Spaces are limited, so make sure your secure your spot by emailing hrhub@primaslaw.co.uk

What ATTENDEES say

June event: guide to absence management

For our first quarterly focus and session of The Primas HR Hub, we chose the broad subject of “health and wellbeing in the workplace”.

In 2022, the sickness absence rate was at the highest it has been for a decade. What’s more, in 2021, the UK lost around 149.3m working days a year due to sickness or injury; that’s around 4.6 days per worker.

By some margin, we receive more questions from our employer clients about issues relating to the health and wellbeing of their staff than anything else. We therefore thought that this was the natural best place for The Primas HR Hub to start.

Our first roundtable event welcomed HR professionals and business leaders to our city centre office in Manchester, where our expert team provided an overview of the law in relation to absence management, both long and short term. They also shared tips and advice on how businesses can introduce the strategies needed to respond to the ongoing challenges around employee absence.   

The session equipped attendees with the knowledge required to proactively and effectively manage workplace absences and how to confidentiality handle sensitive or difficult scenarios.

Led by our Head of Employment Law David Walton and Employment Law Partner Danielle Ayres, the Primas HR Hub round tables are the perfect way to meet our legal experts, share your experiences of employment law challenges and learn from other industry professionals around the table over a free breakfast.

Join us at our next event

Spaces are limited, so make sure to secure your spot by emailing hrhub@primaslaw.co.uk

LATEST ADVICE FROM OUR PRIMAS hR HUB

Unearthing the Bygot files

Meet Mr A.Bygot, an employer like no other.   

To some, he’s “old-school”, to others, he’s a dinosaur. But one thing is clear: Mr A.Bygot is not the kind of employer anybody wants to work for in 2023.

In a Primas Law exclusive, our legal team have uncovered the scandalous tales of Mr A.Bygot – an employer who has absolutely no regard for his employee’s wellbeing or the employment laws he should be observing.

Whilst details of the cases against Mr A.Bygot are still unfolding, the Primas Employment Law Team hope to raise more awareness as to what employers should (and in many cases, definitely should not) do when it comes to dealing with everyday challenges which you may face in the workplace.

Many questions are yet to be answered. Who is Mr A.Bygot? Where did he get so much tweed? How does he manage to run a business in violation of so many employment laws? But rest assured, the Primas Employment Law Team are on the case.

Latest addition to the Bygot Files: A.Bygot reveals how not to manage employee absences

Primas HR Hub frequently asked questions

The Primas HR Hub is a knowledge-sharing forum, through which the Primas Employment Law Team intend to keep HR professionals and business leaders informed and updated with important snippets of employment law news and know-how.

In each three month period, we focus on a particular field or employment law subject which we think is of greatest relevance to people like you. Updates and knowledge sharing within each quarter will therefore have some association to that single theme or subject.

Certainly! We want to ensure that what we share through the Primas HR Hub is what you want to hear and see, so any feedback and specific requests to address particular burning questions is most welcome.

Simply email us at hrhub@primaslaw.co.uk to share your suggestions or requests for future round table events. 

All of our round table events are held in-person. Following the success of our first round table, and to support the catchment areas of all our offices, by popular demand, we are now running round table sessions at our Manchester and Cheshire offices.

An event based in Liverpool will follow in the next quarter on whatever subject we choose to address next so watch this space!

Spaces are limited, so make sure you register early to avoid disappointment. You can register your interest for each round table event by emailing hrhub@primaslaw.co.uk.

Please email hrhub@primaslaw.co.uk and request that you are added to our mailing list.

All Primas HR Hub roundtable events are free to attend and breakfast is provided. Simply email hrhub@primaslaw.co.uk to reserve your space.