• Redundancies – Short Time – Layoffs – What to Expect In 2020 – Top Tips
  • HR & Management Issues – Are we prepared for the next pandemic?
  • The clash of the generations X Y Z
  • Aligning contract terms with lifestyles and ideals of current and future workers


Date: 30th September 2020

In today’s world and the recent global pandemic, HR management is both crucial for success and vital for employment law compliance. The environment of human resources is constantly changing, whether it is the way employees are managed, the introduction of new work life balance working times, future proofing your workforce and keeping up with the updates in employment law and the constantly changing world of technology.

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This conference will cover many different areas of the new workplace and HR management including recent case law, wellbeing in the workplace, employment and talent retention, sexual harassment and how to handle disciplinary matters and much more. With our expert panel of speakers this is guaranteed to be an engaging and informative day for managers, executives, HR professionals and anyone who’s role incorporates HR and Leadership. 

This conference will be of interest to HR professionals, Recruiters, HR Specialists, Senior Management, Learning and Development Officers, Directors, CEOs, Supervisors, Talent Managers, Employee Engagement professionals, Management at all levels and business owners to name a few. 


Full Day Programme 


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Sonya Meekel, Lecturer in TU Dublin, MBA, MSc M.A, BScEng, P.G  Dip.Proj Mang, P.G Dip Ed, C.Eng, M.I.E.I

Covid-19 – HR & Management Issues

  • Lessons learned from Covid-19
  • What would we do differently?
  • Are we prepared for the next pandemic?

5Min Q&A

9.45  Redundancies, Changed Work Practices & Duty of Care to Employees During the Covid-19 Pandemic – Legal Developments and Best Practice

Speaker: Sharon Dillon-Lyons, Barrister-at-Law

  • A lot of talk of redundancies in 2020 – what to expect?
  • Best Practice – Redundancies, Layoffs and short time
  • Employer’s duty of care – prevention – Infection prevention and control obligations
  • Sick leave and suspected cases of Covid 19

5Min Q&A


Key Employment Law developments

Speaker: Anne Conlon Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • Important case law update to include:
  • ‘Nano Nagle’ – what now for ‘reasonable accommodation’?
  • Representation during internal disciplinary procedures
  • Vicarious liability – not just employees!
  • Recent developments in employment injunctions
  • Sunday premium

Group Q&A


Tea/Coffee Break 


The Era of Talent Intelligence and the Rise of Analytics in HR 

Speaker: Ross Murray- Insights Analyst @ LinkedIn 

  • The Era of Talent Intelligence 
  • Analytics is on the rise in HR – what are the benefits
  • The adoption of HR analytics in EMEA
  • Building a data-driven HR function

5Min Q&A


Future Proof your Workforce

Speaker: Fredericka Sheppard, Co-Founder and Managing Director (Joint) Voltedge Management

  • Identifying the organisational and human competencies that will be needed in the future
  • Keeping up with the transforming workplace
  • Designing ways to attract and retain a diverse workforce
  • Flexible ways of working – increasing engagement with flexible talent
  • Aligning contract terms with lifestyles and ideals of current and future workers
  • Creating flexible, tailored reward structures
  • Modernised career paths that look at horizontal development not just vertical

5Min Q&A


People Management- The clash of the generations X Y Z

Speaker: Sonya Meekel, Lecturer in TU Dublin, MBA, MSc M.A, BScEng, P.G  Dip.Proj Mang, P.G Dip Ed, C.Eng, M.I.E.I

  • People Management
  • How to manage the remote worker – top 5 tips – Health and safety obligations
  • Millennials, training, and flexibility
  • Coaching tips to get the most out of the different generation
  • Retention is key, how to keep the most valued and coveted staff


Group Q&A Session 



1.30 Wellness in the Workplace – Creating a culture of wellness post COVID

Speaker: Nick Lawlor Director of The Wellness Crew

  • How to create a culture of wellness post COVID.
  • Supporting Employees who Work from Home
  • The 4 Pillars of Workplace Wellness.
  • Understanding the determinants of Workplace Health and Wellbeing.

5min Q&A

2.00 Sexual Harassment & Bullying – Investigating in a post Covid-19 world

Speaker: Colleen Cleary principal and founder of CC Solicitors

  • Why are we talking about sexual harassment?
  • Why are employers seeing an increase in internal complaints and grievances?
  • Legal Framework for Sexual Harassment
  • Key components of a Sexual Harassment Policy
  • What are the consequences of COVID 19 and increase of working remotely for such issues?
  • Top tips on how to investigate a complaint of sexual harassment remotely in a post COVID 19 world  

5min Q&A


EU Directive on work-life balance – Considerations post Covid-19

Speaker: Claire Bruton LL.B (Dub), LL.M (Lond) The Law Library

  • In light of the new way of working necessitated by Covid-19, protective leave rights and responsibilities must be considered and assessed by employers. The following will be considered, including recent developments and practical considerations and advice for employers
  • Overview of Family Leave Entitlements: Maternity Leave / Parent’s Leave / Paternity Leave / Carer’s Leave / Parental Leave
  • Reaction from Employer Bodies
  • Employer Positives & Challenges
3.00 Group Q&A
3.15 Conference Close 

Sonya Meekel

Sonya Meekel

MBA, MSc M.A, BSc Eng, P.G Dip.Proj Man, P.G Dip Ed, C.Eng, M.I.E.I., Lecturer TU Dublin

Sonya has over 20 years’ experience in the Construction Industry having worked as a Design Build Consultant Engineer and also as a Project Manager.

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Sonya graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology with and honours degree in Structural Engineering and has since continued her studies extensively and has just recently completed a MBA with the Technological University Dublin.

The delivery of Graduates to the Construction Industry prepared for the competitive world is an area of great passion for Sonya. The most recent research from this MBA was the Strategic Imperatives of Soft Skill Training and Development, she has embedded into her role as Work Placement Coordinator for the Construction Management Programme within TuDublin. Sonya has a strong commitment to research and scholarly activity and now Lecturers in Construction Management at Technological University Dublin, College of Engineering and Built Environment where she specialises in People Management, Soft Skill Development and Health and Safety.

Nick Lawlor

Nick Lawlor

Director @ The Wellness Crew

Nick Lawlor is a one of the founders of The Wellness Crew and is a Workplace Wellness, Health Promotion postgraduate from NUIG.

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Nick has come from a financial background and is a Certified Financial Planner who is thought leader in Ireland in financial wellness as an integral pillar of overall corporate wellness programmes. The Wellness Crew delivers bespoke wellness activities and project management services to organisations of all shapes and sizes across 4 main pillars of wellness, namely Mind, Money, Fit and Food.

There will be CPD certificates awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.


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