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Tuesday 1st October 2019
Brexit Readiness: A Breakfast Seminar with ISE Partners & KPMG, 20 Grosvenor Street, Mayfair
Our two lead speakers from KPMG will be:
David is Director of Trade, an expert in international trade and investment, and key advisor on succeeding in a changing global trading environment.
Punam heads the Employment & Immigration practice, including leafing Global Employment Companies Practice and is an International and EU Social Security Specialist.
An interactive session, where questions and comments are welcome, we will be exploring some key issues around:
Workforce & Immigration
Changes to UK immigration rules will necessitate changes to the way that a business approaches the attraction and retention of staff at all levels. When considered against the backdrop of record levels of employment, an increase in overall staff costs is probable. Even if your levels of EU or foreign workers are low, other businesses and competitors may seek to attract your staff to fill their gaps resulting in wage inflation and cost increases. Fluctuations in the value of sterling may also impact the attractiveness of the UK as a place for foreign workers. Retention is therefore key and communicating proactively to staff will play an increasingly important role. The EU may also change the way it treats business travellers from the UK which may necessitate change to your approach to mobility.
Brexit may mean you, your supplier or your clients are not able to perform the contract you have agreed. This may be due to the loss of a licence or authorisation you/they need. More likely, some of the changes to the commercial and economic landscape within which this relationship sits will alter the risk/benefit balance of the contract. Where margins are significantly impacted, end customer demand changes or competitive pressures change, you or your supplier/client may want to review pricing, reduce volumes, or even exit the contract. Reviewing your contracts against this scenario is important to protect your relationships, ensure business continuity and manage risk. You probably have many contracts (whether written or not) and will need to prioritise where to start. Where you have an in-house legal team, they may not have the capacity to do this effectively.
Leaving the EU changes the tax environment both in terms of direct corporate tax and for indirect taxes such as tariffs, duties and VAT. Other disruptions to the business environment will also result in changes to business models; this is, therefore, an opportune time to review company structures and tax arrangements and seek tax efficiencies that increase competitiveness.
There is little doubt that Brexit could cause significant disruption to the UK and European business environment. It is one of many potential disruptive factors over the next few years, e.g. low consumer and business confidence, rising competition from new, innovative and agile business models, trade wars and increasing protectionism are all threats. Experience suggests there are three phases to both managing and taking advantage of disruption to the business environment:
- Stability – ensuring the business is able to continue.
- Cost management and profit improvement – using the opportunity to focus on efficiency and releasing funding for investment.
- Growth – getting ahead of the competition through increased productivity and driving profitable sales.
Tuesday 1st October
8.30am, for 8.45am start (1 hour - 90 minute session)
KPMG Number Twenty
20 Grosvenor Street, Mayfair
London, W1K 4QJ
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Selection of Previous Workshops/Seminars:
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Blair Adams, Partner within Law Firm DMH Stallard's Employment Practice, led an informative and interactive seminar covering then recent additions and amendments to UK Employment Law that affect businesses. Topics covered included recent case law on bonuses and salary sacrifice arrangements, and regulatory developments affecting pay, plus other cutting edge updates.
Part 2: Post-employment issues: Decision to Dismiss Made... What Next?
This interactive seminar saw Blair Adams, DMH Stallard LLC’s Employment Law Partner, cover a tricky topic – areas focussed on were around notice, Garden Leave and PILONs, tax, Settlement Agreements, Restrictive Covenants and confidentiality, and references and reporting. A detailed and comprehensive summary of a key business area.
Part 1: Recruitment and pre-employment: Avoiding a Tribunal
Blair Adams, Employment Law Partner at DMH Stallard LLC delivered a popular and informative session on the key elements to ensure in your recruitment process to protect against future tribunal action by employees.
Employment Law: Shared Parental Leave
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Training & Development: Top Tools for Teams
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Employment Law: Six-Tricky Topics
An action-packed session covering Flexible working, options if an employee doesn’t disclose a disability during the recruitment process, dealing with an employee a client won’t work with, risks of asking part-time workers to go full-time, genuine self-employment criteria and an update on Agency Workers Regulations.
Training & Development: Why coaching?
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Employment Law: Keeping on the right side of the law, recent updates in case law for HR professionals
Training & Development: Innovative Interviewing
Our knock-out presenter, Liz Jones of thetrainingstudio, presented a fast and furious review of tired interviewing skills, how to enliven and enlighten using modernised methods to get the best results.
*All events are London based unless stated otherwise