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Search and JMW Help Employers Prepare for Legal Changes


Recruitment specialist Search Consultancy is working with full service law firm JMW Solicitors LLP on a nationwide seminar programme that will help employers prepare for a raft of legal changes which are set to come into force this year.

The seminars, aimed at HR directors, financial directors and managing directors, will provide updates on important employment law changes.

Topics to be covered include the National Living Wage, with new rules coming into place in April; and mandatory gender pay gap reporting which will see companies with 250 or more employees required to disclose pay disparities between males and females.

Also due to be covered will be the key proposals of the Trade Union Bill, its impact on business, zero hours contracts and the mechanics of holiday pay.

There will also be a focus on apprenticeships given that the update seminars will fall during National Apprentice Week (14 – 18 March 2016).

Debbie Caswell, Search Consultancy’s managing director for England, said: “Apprenticeships are a hot topic this month as we approach National Apprentice Week and we felt this would be a tremendous opportunity to bring employers up to speed on this topic, particularly in anticipation of the government levy which will come into force in 2017.

“The other topics up for discussion are also hugely important for employers working in businesses of all shapes and sizes, helping them to understand the practical implications, benefits and challenges of this legislation.”

The speakers at the free employment law seminars will include Liz Cotton, Partner, Jennifer Smith and Laura McHugh all specialists in the JMW employment team. The JMW team advises on all aspects of employment law.

Commenting on working with Search Consultancy Liz Cotton Partner at JMW said: “We are delighted to partner with Search Consultancy on this project and are very much looking forward to it. There is so much going on in the employment arena at present and it can be incredibly overwhelming for employers, particularly those who don’t have an established HR function.  We hope that our seminars will provide delegates with a useful insight into upcoming changes and we look forward to exploring some of the thornier issues with those present.”

The first seminar in the series will take place on Tuesday 15 March at the JMW Solicitors LLP office at 1 Byrom Place, Spinningfields, Manchester.

Places on the free seminar are limited and must be booked in advance – for more details and to register your interest, please contact [email protected]

The seminars will take place at on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 15th March – Manchester – JMW Offices
  • Thursday 17th March – Liverpool – Search Offices
  • Wednesday 13th April – Warrington – full details to be confirmed
  • Thursday 14th April – Leeds – Crafthouse
  • Tuesday 19th April – Sheffield – The Chimney House
  • Wednesday 27th April – Leicester Marriott