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Employers chance to stay on top of employment law

Posted: 10th September 2018

Whether it’s the importance of clearly worded contracts, knowing how to bring them to an end correctly, the rights of gig economy workers or avoiding claims of discrimination – businesses need to be well-informed in order to manage legal risk and minimise costs.

Employers can get a valuable insight on latest developments from the Courts, Employment Tribunals and legislation at a series of upcoming seminars led by Thorntons Solicitors.

The employment update seminars – which will take place in Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth, Kirkcaldy and Montrose over the coming weeks – aim to help employers and HR professionals manage risk in their business and ensure best practice.

Chris Phillips, Employment Law Partner at Thorntons, said: “There have been several cases in recent months which clarify and guide how employers should manage the relationship they have with staff in key areas.  Failing to get to grips with these developments could be costly as these decisions of the higher courts bind Employment Tribunals in their assessment of an employer’s decision-making”.

“We want to ensure that employers are well-informed about these developments and can factor them in to their management of staff particularly around terminations, absence and contracts, areas which have often resulted in disputes for many organisations as well as avoidable costs.”

The breakfast sessions will offer practical advice for employers while discussing significant cases from the last few months. Topics will include, where we are with the gig economy cases, appeals against dismissal, working time, drafting employment contracts and recent cases on discrimination.

The free seminars provide an ideal opportunity for attendees to put questions to accredited specialists at Thorntons, on key issues that affect their business and their staff

Chris added: “Our seminars give attendees an excellent opportunity to refresh and extend their knowledge and keep up to date with best practice. This seminar is ideal for employers, HR professionals and those with people management responsibilities.”

“The events have previously resulted in lively debate and we’re delighted to bring the seminars to Thorntons in Edinburgh for the first time this September.”

To find out more or to book a place at any of the upcoming sessions visit

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