People, Safety & Compliance Conference | Current Issues and What’s to Come

18 November | P&J Live, East Burn Road, Stoneywood, Aberdeen, AB21 9FX

Join our full-day of deep-dive discussions spanning an extensive range of workforce and workplace matters to ensure you’re prepared for the next raft of regulatory changes, compliance challenges and people pressures.

Workplaces have undergone seismic changes over the past few years. But what long-term effect will hybrid working have on workforce equality? And how will the recent health and safety wake-up call to employers continue to modify safety practices and culture in 2022?

Our expert line-up will be providing practical guidance on how to adapt to new ways of working, overcome current and predicted challenges, and continue to meet the demands of the changing work landscape – ensuring you leave with fresh inspiration and takeaways you can implement easily into your own organisation.

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9:00 Registration and refreshments

9:30 Employment Law Update: 2021 in Review and What Lies Ahead for 2022

Lorna Gemmell  – Employment Law and HR Training Manager, WorkNest

Rebekah Page – Employment Law Solicitor, WorkNest

During this 90-minute update, we’ll be discussing the outcomes of recent case law and the knock-on effect this has on HR best practice. Plus, looking ahead to 2022, we’ll be sharing proposed changes to legislation and anticipated future developments so you’re prepared for what’s coming next.

11:00 Break and refreshments

11:20 HR Update: Addressing Concerns Around the New Norm

Donna Gibb – Head of HR Commercial, WorkNest

Matthew Hutchison – HR Consultant, WorkNest

The pandemic gave rise to new ways of working, but how far can we expect these demands on flexibility to go? And how can HR tap into these new requests to plug staff shortages and talent gaps? 

As part of the session, we’ll also be diving into new research which has revealed concerns over the equal treatment of staff in the world of hybrid work. Our Mind the Gap report found that only half (52%) of employers are confident that office-based and home-based employees will be treated evenly and fairly in the next 12 months. With this in mind, learn how to create a level-playing field and approach employee apprehensions surrounding inequalities.

12:10 Lunch

13:00 Occupational Health: Doing the Right Thing for Employers and Employees

Dr Munna Roy – Medical Director, IOH – HealthWork

Absence attributed to illness and poor performance at work can be a difficult area for employers to navigate safely and effectively. Occupational Health Physicians can bring clarity to situations where health is a potential factor, allowing the situation to be managed by the employer.

In this session, we present how OH Physician advice in situations of avoidance of disciplinary hearings, poor performance at work and absence attributed to sickness can assist in case resolution.

13:40 Health & Safety: The Impact of Changes in Perceptions & Remote Working Requirements

Michelle Sneyd – Health & Safety Manager, WorkNest

The pandemic has changed both employers’ and employees’ attitudes towards workplace health and safety. For many businesses, health and safety is no longer seen as a box-ticking exercise, and employees have higher expectations that safety issues will be taken seriously. With many workplaces that were previously considered low risk now trying to grapple with the safety requirements of environments they can’t control, such as remote working, we discuss what’s legally-required – and what’s realistic.

On the flip side, workplaces that have remained operational throughout the pandemic have seen a sharp rise in whistleblowing claims as employees continually question the level of safety measures in place. With new research revealing that almost a third of employees wouldn’t hesitate to take action against an employer on work-related issues, we’ll be discussing the compliance measures you need in place to protect yourself in this litigious landscape.

Plus, we’ll share our opinions on how Brexit might impact the world of work in 2022 and beyond.

14:20 Break and refreshments

14:40 e-Learning: Creating a Culture of Compliance

Stacey Taylor – Learning Design Director, DeltaNet

During this session, Stacey will share how DeltaNet International have supported leading businesses from SME to Global Corporations to improve their compliance culture while mitigating regulatory and reputational risk at the same time.

More often than not, compliance is about demonstrating principles and standards, encouraging your workforce to act accordingly. Through utilising e-Learning software, we’ll disclose the best-performing tried-and-tested approaches you can use to engage your workforce and meeting your training objectives.

15:20 Close

15:30 Refreshments and networking

16:00 End

Meet our speakers

Why attend?

  • Find out how upcoming legislative changes will impact your organisation.
  • Speak to our experts about specific issues you’re facing either live during the sessions or one-on-one.
  • Start 2022 feeling confident and equipped to tackle new employee, workplace and wellbeing challenges.
  • Receive a Certificate of Attendance to support your ongoing training and development.

Your health and wellbeing

Ensuring the health and safety of our delegates is of paramount importance to us. To keep everyone safe, we ask that every attendee takes a lateral flow test prior to the event. If you get a positive result, please notify so we’re aware you will no longer be able to join us. 

WorkNest will be working closely with P&J Live to maintain a safe environment and ensure the latest government protocols are in place.

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