HR Retail Circle Event: Facing up to employment law changes and planning ahead for 2015

  • date09 Oct 2014
  • CPD Points1 CPD points
  • Time6:15 - 8:30 pm
  • Event typeLive Event
  • Venue Fieldfisher
    Riverbank House
    2 Swan Lane
    EC4R 3TT

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This year has seen a number of cases progress through the Tribunal and Court system which could have wide ranging and, potentially, very costly implications for retailers.  The Government has also proposed a number of legislative changes which are likely to have an impact on the retail employment model.

A number of retailers have adopted a "wait and see" approach in response to the current litigation and changes proposed by the Government, but as employees become more aware of the issues and their potential rights, can you really afford to take this approach?  What steps should you be taking now, and going into 2015, to protect your business?

In a relaxed and informative session, Nick Thorpe, a partner in the Employment and Pension Group, will take a look at the key legal challenges faced by retailers, pose questions and encourage debate as to how these might be overcome. 


The session will cover the following topics:   

  • Zero hour contracts –  Should there be a retail sector code of practice?  How will the Sports Direct litigation affect your business?
  • Collective redundancies – What lessons can be learnt from the Comet liquidation and other recent retail protective award cases?
  • Holiday pay – Sales commission and voluntary overtime – should they be included in the holiday pay calculation?  Have you accounted for these additional costs?
  • Sunday Trading Act – The changing retail landscape; does the Act reflect modern consumer practices and what changes are proposed?
  • Equal Pay Claims – Is Asda only the first of many who could face equal pay claims?  Is your business at risk?
  • Scottish independence – Will the outcome of the Scottish independence vote affect employment legislation in Scotland, and how will you respond to a potential divergence in employment rules in Scotland and England & Wales?



The seminar will begin promptly at 6.15pm and will finish by 7.15 pm.  Drinks and nibbles will be available throughout as well as after the seminar.   

Please note our new address – see venue details and link; the seminar will take place on the 9th floor overlooking the Thames.    

Event contact


Riverbank House
2 Swan Lane