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All Acas events in the North West region

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28 April 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Employment Law Update

The legal landscape and how it affects your business, or workplace, is constantly evolving.
Our Employment Law Update brings you up to date on recent changes in legislation and also highlighting what’s planned to come into force in the future; a key consideration for business planning.

Our experienced trainers explain the changes in a practical and straightforward way which will help you understand the legal changes and, importantly, the impact for your organisation.



Liverpool
2 May 2017
09:30 - 12:30 Nearly Full
Gender Pay Reporting

The legislation on gender pay reporting takes effect in April 2017. It requires organisations with over 250 employees to measure and report on their gender pay gap and applies to public and private businesses, and voluntary sector organisations.








NB: Whether wholly Welsh authorities are required to do so will be a matter for the Welsh Government and is yet to be determined. Relevant Scottish public authorities with 20 employees or more are already required to report on their gender pay gap.








Organisations employing more than 250 employees may need to review their current pay systems, other people policies and reporting processes to make sure they can best comply with the legislation.

This event is nearly full

Manchester
3 May 2017
09:30 - 12:30 Nearly Full
Return to work interviews - How to get them right

Understand the skills required to conduct successful Return to Work interviews and be able to plan and carry them out. This event is nearly full

Manchester
4 May 2017
09:30 - 16:00 Full
Having difficult conversations

This course provides you with practical and effective techniques to conduct and manage difficult conversations with staff. This training event is fully booked, please check our programme for an alternative Acas event which meets your needs, or phone 0300 123 1150 to find out about future events.

Manchester
5 May 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Managing absence at work

Learn practical management techniques to help improve attendance, and discover what the law says you can and cannot do when managing workplace absence.

Liverpool
8 May 2017
09:30 - 14:30
Dealing with challenging behaviour at work

This event considers how and why some people exhibit challenging workplace behaviours, and explores strategies for the best way to handle these.

Psychologist Martin Smith, lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, will share his expertise, equipping delegates to feel more confident about what to do with colleagues who they find tricky to work with.

Claire Brook, Employment Law Partner at Aaron and Partners LLP, will share her experiences as an Employment Lawyer and particularly the Conduct vs Capability dilemma which many employers face when dealing with challenging behaviour.

Terry Duffy, an Acas Senior Adviser, will deliver best practice guidance for handling those “difficult conversations” using his own experiences as a workplace mediator to demonstrate learning.





The Museum of Science & Industry Manchester
9 May 2017
09:30 - 16:00 Full
Human Resource Management for Beginners

This practical event provides an introduction to the fundamentals of employing people. The course maps the employment relationship from recruitment, to issuing contracts, managing holidays, dealing with absence, discipline and grievance matters through to ending the employment relationship.



A helpful tool kit of sample policies and letters is provided to delegates for use back in their workplace.
This training event is fully booked, please check our programme for an alternative Acas event which meets your needs, or phone 0300 123 1150 to find out about future events.

Manchester
10 May 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Employment Law Update

The legal landscape and how it affects your business, or workplace, is constantly evolving.

Our Employment Law Update brings you up to date on recent changes in legislation and also highlighting what’s planned to come into force in the future; a key consideration for business planning.


Our experienced trainers explain the changes in a practical and straightforward way which will help you understand the legal changes and, importantly, the impact for your organisation.



Manchester
11 May 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Working with Unconscious Bias

This course provides an introduction to Unconscious Bias, the effects it can have in the workplace and positive ways to overcome it.

Manchester
12 May 2017
09:30 - 16:00 Nearly Full
Practical skills for front line managers

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of essential supervisory ‘people’ skills.  The workshop objectives are



Describe how the role of supervisor fits into an organisation

Identify the skills needed to effectively communicate with all staff

Explain how to lead and motivate your team with effect

State your role in managing disciplinary and grievance issues



The training style includes interactive practical  scenarios, group discussions, case studies and practical sessions


This event is nearly full

Liverpool
16 May 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Equality, Diversity and Discrimination: the essentials

This half day training session covers the essentials of Equality and Diversity that all organisations, employee representatives and HR professionals need to be aware of.


We’ll be covering the different types of discrimination – including the nine protected characteristics - and sharing good practice that you can adopt and promote within your organisation.


The session will include the most recent changes brought about by the Equality Act.



Manchester
17 May 2017
09:30 - 16:00
7 ways to make your organisation more productive

This event will provide you with practical and effective techniques designed to help increase workplace productivity. Delegates who attend this event will be able to take learning back into their organisations and formulate effective plans to add value to the work of their people and teams.

Manchester
18 May 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Managing Long Term Absence

This full day event will equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage long term staff absences.

It will cover best practice in absence policies, and the practical steps that you and your managers can take to manage cases of long term absence.



Manchester
19 May 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Having difficult conversations

This course provides you with practical and effective techniques to conduct and manage difficult conversations with staff.

The Museum of Science & Industry Manchester
19 May 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Recruitment, Selection and Retention

Gain the relevant expertise to recruit, select and retain the right people for your organisation.

Liverpool
23 May 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Gender Pay Reporting

The legislation on gender pay reporting takes effect in April 2017. It requires organisations with over 250 employees to measure and report on their gender pay gap and applies to public and private businesses, and voluntary sector organisations.

NB: Whether wholly Welsh authorities are required to do so will be a matter for the Welsh Government and is yet to be determined. Relevant Scottish public authorities with 20 employees or more are already required to report on their gender pay gap.

Organisations employing more than 250 employees may need to review their current pay systems, other people policies and reporting processes to make sure they can best comply with the legislation.



Manchester
23 May 2017
09:30 - 13:30
Merseyside Employment Network Forum

A half day Acas NW networking event including lunch.







Our regular network event will focus on absence and in particular absence related to stress or mental health issues which are difficult to manage but can impact massively on business and productivity. We will be joined by the Health & Safety Executive to look at the tools and skills available to help address these areas.







Emlyn Williams from Weightmans Solicitors will also provide his usual entertaining employment law update.


Liverpool
24 May 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Managing conflict

This training session will explore the causes and effects of conflict at both an individual and organisational level. We will provide insights into the different ways people react to conflict and how this can ultimately affect productivity.


The event will give delegates the skills, knowledge and confidence to identify issues earlier and to deal with conflict more effectively. The event is based on Acas’ unique experience in resolving conflict in the workplace and our insight into the behaviours that can often damage working relationships.



Manchester
25 May 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Practical skills for front line managers

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of essential supervisory ‘people’ skills.  The workshop objectives are



Describe how the role of supervisor fits into an organisation

Identify the skills needed to effectively communicate with all staff

Explain how to lead and motivate your team with effect

State your role in managing disciplinary and grievance issues



The training style includes interactive practical  scenarios, group discussions, case studies and practical sessions




Manchester
26 May 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Conducting Investigations

How to conduct and manage a fair internal investigation, from gathering and assessing evidence through to presenting findings.

Warrington
31 May 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Mental Health Awareness for Employers

This training session will raise your understanding of the issues to be considered when supporting an employee suffering mental ill-health at work.

Manchester
1 June 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Practical skills for front line managers

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of essential supervisory ‘people’ skills.  The workshop objectives are



Describe how the role of supervisor fits into an organisation

Identify the skills needed to effectively communicate with all staff

Explain how to lead and motivate your team with effect

State your role in managing disciplinary and grievance issues



The training style includes interactive practical  scenarios, group discussions, case studies and practical sessions




Manchester
2 June 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Behaviours at work - understanding the unacceptable

Unacceptable behaviours, such as bullying and harassment or aggressive attitudes, can lead to increased levels of absence, staff turnover, and lower staff morale which can reduce productivity.

The effects of unacceptable behaviours are harmful to all concerned and potentially expensive for organisations with real reputation risks an issue.

This event provides delegates with valuable information about what constitutes unacceptable behaviour and bullying and harassment. We outline what the law says (in regards to the Equality Act) and the views of the Tribunals. We then look at the responsibilities you have as an employer and the implications for choosing not to address these issues.



Liverpool
6 June 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Contracts of Employment - How to get it right

This course provides detailed guidance on how to create, agree, vary or terminate employment contracts.

Manchester
7 June 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Human Resource Management for Beginners

This practical event provides an introduction to the fundamentals of employing people. The course maps the employment relationship from recruitment, to issuing contracts, managing holidays, dealing with absence, discipline and grievance matters through to ending the employment relationship.


A helpful tool kit of sample policies and letters is provided to delegates for use back in their workplace.



The Tickled Trout Preston
7 June 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Managing Young Workers - how to recruit, retain and support younger people in workplaces

Join us as we look at issues affecting younger people in workplaces.

This course will explore the range of issues younger workers face when entering employment and provide you with information to manage the process effectively.

Delegates will gain the knowledge they need to understand the law around younger workers and the challenges they face in their new world of work.  We will look at the different ways you can employ younger people and the policies and procedures you can develop to help manage the transition of younger workers from education to employment.


Manchester
8 June 2017
09:30 - 12:30 Nearly Full
Employment Law Update

The legal landscape and how it affects your business, or workplace, is constantly evolving.
Our Employment Law Update brings you up to date on recent changes in legislation and also highlighting what’s planned to come into force in the future; a key consideration for business planning.

Our experienced trainers explain the changes in a practical and straightforward way which will help you understand the legal changes and, importantly, the impact for your organisation.

This event is nearly full

Manchester
9 June 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Mock Disciplinary Hearing

This interactive event gives an insight into what to expect during a disciplinary hearing, with tips and techniques on how to best manage the process.  The event covers how to handle misconduct allegations from initial investigations to a "live" disciplinary hearing where you witness proceedings and decide the outcome!


Acas and Aarron & Partners LLP will lead you through a role play scenario leaving you to decide the outcome and will then explain the pitfalls to avoid so that you do not find yourself in the same position.



Radisson Blu Hotel Liverpool
13 June 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Managing Discipline and Grievance

This course will help develop your knowledge and skills when managing or conducting employee discipline and or grievance procedures.

Manchester
14 June 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Redundancy and Restructuring - Managing the change and understanding the options

This course will help you to find out all you need to know, about how to carry out redundancies in the most fair and efficient way possible.

Manchester
15 June 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Recruitment, Selection and Retention

Gain the relevant expertise to recruit, select and retain the right people for your organisation.

Manchester
16 June 2017
09:30 - 13:30
Lancashire Employment Network Forum

A half day Acas NW networking event including lunch.




Our regular network event will focus on absence and in particular absence related to stress or mental health issues which are difficult to manage but can impact massively on business and productivity. We will be joined by the Health & Safety Executive to look at the tools and skills available to help address these areas.




Jonathan  Holden from Forbes Solicitors will provide his usual informative employment law update







Leyland, Lancashire
21 June 2017
09:30 - 13:30
Cumbria Employment Network Forum

A half day Acas NW networking event including lunch.



Our regular network event will focus on absence and in particular absence related to stress or mental health issues which are difficult to manage but can impact massively on business and productivity. We will be joined by the Health & Safety Executive to look at the tools and skills available to help address these areas.



Joanne Holborn from Baines-Wilson LLP will also provide her usual informative employment law update.


Penrith
22 June 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Understanding TUPE: A practical guide to business transfers and outsourcing

This full day course is a practical guide to TUPE which will equip delegates with the means to identify TUPE transfers to understand the implications of a TUPE transfer and how to handle TUPE transfers in practice including practical sessions on due diligence, warranties and indemnities and information to and consultation with employee representatives.




The event will be delivered in conjunction with Dr John McMullen, partner at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP and Visiting Professor of Law at Durham University. John is one of the best known employment lawyers in the UK and he is regarded as the country’s leading expert on TUPE and is author of the leading textbook, Business Transfers and Employee Rights.



Warrington
23 June 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Equality, Diversity and Discrimination: the essentials

This half day training session covers the essentials of Equality and Diversity that all organisations, employee representatives and HR professionals need to be aware of.


We’ll be covering the different types of discrimination – including the nine protected characteristics - and sharing good practice that you can adopt and promote within your organisation.


The session will include the most recent changes brought about by the Equality Act.



Liverpool
26 June 2017
09:30 - 16:30
CIWM Certificate in Internal Workplace Mediation

Accredited workplace mediator training (5 days). Equipping and accrediting people as mediators in their workplace.


 This training course runs over 5 days in one week



Manchester
27 June 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Managing an ageing workforce

This full day event will focus on the benefits and challenges of managing a multi-generational workforce. It will provide you with practical guidance on recruiting and retaining older workers, achieving a healthy work-life balance for employees, performance management, retirement and recognising the most common health concerns that can affect older workers.

Manchester
28 June 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Behaviours at work - understanding the unacceptable

Unacceptable behaviours, such as bullying and harassment or aggressive attitudes, can lead to increased levels of absence, staff turnover, and lower staff morale which can reduce productivity.


The effects of unacceptable behaviours are harmful to all concerned and potentially expensive for organisations with real reputation risks an issue.


This event provides delegates with valuable information about what constitutes unacceptable behaviour and bullying and harassment. We outline what the law says (in regards to the Equality Act) and the views of the Tribunals. We then look at the responsibilities you have as an employer and the implications for choosing not to address these issues.



Manchester
29 June 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Stress in the Workplace

Practical guidance to recognise, manage and minimise stress in your workplace. This training explains the key components of the HSE stress management standards.

Manchester
29 June 2017
09:30 - 13:30 Nearly Full
Cheshire & Warrington Network Forum

A half day Acas NW networking event including lunch.



Our regular network event will focus on absence and in particular absence related to stress or mental health issues which are difficult to manage but can impact massively on business and productivity. We will be joined by the Health & Safety Executive to look at the tools and skills available to help address these areas.



Claire Brook from Aaron & Partners will also provide her usual informative employment law update.
This event is nearly full

Warrington
4 July 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Managing absence at work

Learn practical management techniques to help improve attendance, and discover what the law says you can and cannot do when managing workplace absence.

Manchester
5 July 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Human Resource Management for Beginners

This practical event provides an introduction to the fundamentals of employing people. The course maps the employment relationship from recruitment, to issuing contracts, managing holidays, dealing with absence, discipline and grievance matters through to ending the employment relationship.



A helpful tool kit of sample policies and letters is provided to delegates for use back in their workplace.


Manchester
7 July 2017
09:30 - 13:30
Greater Manchester Network Forum

A half day Acas NW networking event including lunch.

Our regular network event will focus on absence and in particular absence related to stress or mental health issues which are difficult to manage but can impact massively on business and productivity. We will be joined by the Health & Safety Executive to look at the tools and skills available to help address these areas.

Alan Lewis of Irwin  Mitchell Solicitors will also provide the usual informative employment law update.


Manchester
12 July 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Practical skills for front line managers

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of essential supervisory ‘people’ skills.  The workshop objectives are



Describe how the role of supervisor fits into an organisation

Identify the skills needed to effectively communicate with all staff

Explain how to lead and motivate your team with effect

State your role in managing disciplinary and grievance issues



The training style includes interactive practical  scenarios, group discussions, case studies and practical sessions




Manchester
14 July 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Managing conflict

This training session will explore the causes and effects of conflict at both an individual and organisational level. We will provide insights into the different ways people react to conflict and how this can ultimately affect productivity.


The event will give delegates the skills, knowledge and confidence to identify issues earlier and to deal with conflict more effectively. The event is based on Acas’ unique experience in resolving conflict in the workplace and our insight into the behaviours that can often damage working relationships.



Liverpool
18 July 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Recruitment, Selection and Retention

Gain the relevant expertise to recruit, select and retain the right people for your organisation.

Manchester
19 July 2017
09:30 - 16:00
I'm an employer......get me out of here - Mock Employment Tribunal

Whilst the challenge faced by Claimants and Respondents might not be quite as daunting as those faced by celebrities in the jungle, attending a tribunal hearing can still be a scary prospect.

“I don’t know what to expect – how do tribunals work?”

“What if they ask me a question I can’t answer?”

"What sort of evidence do I need?”

“What if the Judge doesn’t like the way we have done things?”

“How many witnesses will we need to bring?”


These are just some of the many questions people ask when facing the prospect of appearing at an Employment Tribunal.


This event promises to be an informative, enjoyable, myth-busting and interactive day for all delegates. It will give you the opportunity in a safe environment to see how a Tribunal works to watch a mock tribunal take place and to see how decisions are made.


Irwin Mitchell LLP led by Alan Lewis will lead you through a role play scenario leaving you to decide the outcome.


Alan and his team of expert employment lawyers bring much experience of dealing with Employment Tribunal claims, and attendees will be able to put questions to the solicitors involved during the course of the event.



The Museum of Science & Industry Manchester
21 July 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Conducting Investigations

How to conduct and manage a fair internal investigation, from gathering and assessing evidence through to presenting findings.

Liverpool
25 July 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Employment Law Update

The legal landscape and how it affects your business, or workplace, is constantly evolving.
Our Employment Law Update brings you up to date on recent changes in legislation and also highlighting what’s planned to come into force in the future; a key consideration for business planning.

Our experienced trainers explain the changes in a practical and straightforward way which will help you understand the legal changes and, importantly, the impact for your organisation.



Manchester
27 July 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Having difficult conversations

This course provides you with practical and effective techniques to conduct and manage difficult conversations with staff.

Manchester
28 July 2017
09:30 - 16:00
Managing extreme persistent and difficult workplace behaviours (Part 1)

Difficult staff behaviour seems to be a growing problem in many organisations. Most people behave well most of the time, but problems can develop in the workplace with staff that show extreme, persistent and difficult behaviour.

Liverpool
18 August 2017
09:30 - 12:30
Employment Law Update

The legal landscape and how it affects your business, or workplace, is constantly evolving.
Our Employment Law Update brings you up to date on recent changes in legislation and also highlighting what’s planned to come into force in the future; a key consideration for business planning.

Our experienced trainers explain the changes in a practical and straightforward way which will help you understand the legal changes and, importantly, the impact for your organisation.



Liverpool