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All Acas events in the West Midlands region

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6 October 2020
10:00 - 13:00
Back to work - managing employee attendance (England & Wales) - digital event

As many businesses start to bring their employees back into the workplace, its understandable that some employees may feel apprehensive about their return. 



This 3hr digital event uses an interactive storyboard approach, taking you on the fictional journey of Packaging Solutions Ltd.’s return to the workplace after the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. 



Focusing on the most frequent COVID-19 related attendance concerns, it will provide you with the skills and knowledge to allow you to confidently bring your employees back into the workplace. 


Digital via Zoom
14 October 2020
14:00 - 16:00 Full
Employment law update - digital event (England)

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



This digital event will update you on the latest changes in legislation and highlight future developments - a key consideration for business planning.
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.

Digital via Zoom
15 October 2020
09:30 - 12:30
Mock redundancy - digital event

This 3-hour digital event will use a fictional case study to take you through a mock redundancy process.



It will focus on the legal responsibilities and good practice for employers faced with managing redundancies at this challenging time.


Digital via Zoom
19 October 2020
10:00 - 13:00
Having difficult conversations

One of the most challenging parts of managing performance is initiating conversations around sensitive topics. 



This half day event will provide you with effective techniques to confidently conduct and manage difficult conversations with employees.



NB: This is a face-to-face training event, delivered in a venue that meets Government COVID-19 guidance. 

 


Stafford
27 October 2020
10:00 - 13:00
Changing terms and conditions of employment (England & Wales) - digital event

Changing an employee’s terms and conditions may be necessary for business reasons, however doing so can present concerns for both the employee and employer. 



This 3-hour digital event will help you understand the legal obligations and good practice, so that you can be confident in your decisions to implement a change to employment terms and conditions.  


Digital via Zoom
28 October 2020
10:00 - 13:00
Managing redundancy

Making staff redundant is a difficult but sometimes necessary decision.



This half day event will outline the legal responsibilities faced by employers managing redundancies. It will also focus on good practice at this challenging time.



NB: This is a face-to-face training event, delivered in a venue that meets Government COVID-19 guidance.


Stafford
30 October 2020
10:00 - 13:00
Having difficult conversations

One of the most challenging parts of managing performance is initiating conversations around sensitive topics. 

This half day event will provide you with effective techniques to confidently conduct and manage difficult conversations with employees.

NB: This is a face-to-face training event, delivered in a venue that meets Government COVID-19 guidance. 
 


Kenilworth
3 November 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Change management

This full day event takes an in-depth look at the effects that change can have on an organisation and its employees. We will look at best practice for planning and implementing change, the importance of leadership and staff consultation, as well as the legal aspects of change management.

Birmingham
3 November 2020
10:00 - 13:00
Mental health in the workplace: good practice and the law

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all our lives and has presented extra challenges for those with existing mental health problems.

This half day event has been designed to help you understand the basics of mental health in the workplace and what your organisation can do to meet both its legal obligations and demonstrate best practice.

NB: This is a face-to-face training event, delivered in a venue that meets Government COVID-19 guidance.


Kenilworth
4 November 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Managing discipline and grievance (full day)

The law requires employers to act reasonably in their discipline of employees and in dealing with grievances. Poorly handled processes can lead to unnecessary and costly employment tribunals.



This practical full day event will provide you with detailed knowledge, skills and techniques to effectively manage and conduct employee discipline and grievance procedures within your workplace.


Birmingham
5 November 2020
09:30 - 12:30
Equality, diversity and inclusion: the essentials

Equality, diversity and inclusion form a vital part of any successful organisation. Getting it wrong can have costly implications in terms of employment tribunal cases and reputational damage.



This half day event looks at the essential aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion that all organisations need to be aware of, including the legal position and best practice for promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.


Birmingham
5 November 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Human resource management for beginners

This practical event will introduce you to the fundamentals of employing people. It maps the employment relationship from recruitment, 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.


Birmingham
5 November 2020
10:00 - 13:00
How to manage homeworkers (England & Wales) - digital event

One of the biggest changes resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has been the switch to working from home. For many businesses, managing people remotely is a new challenge.



This 2-hour digital event will give an essential overview of the law and good practice, providing you with the skills and knowledge needed to confidently manage employees working from home.

 


Digital via Zoom
9 November 2020
09:30 - 12:30
Mental health in the workplace: good practice and the law

Managing mental health in the workplace can be complex.



This half day event has been designed to help you understand the basics of mental health in the workplace and what your organisation can do to meet both its legal obligations and demonstrate best practice.


Birmingham
10 November 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Conducting investigations

This full day event looks at how to conduct and manage a fair internal investigation, from gathering and assessing evidence through to presenting findings.

Birmingham
10 November 2020
09:30 - 13:00
Acas digital conference - Mental health and the workplace: COVID-19 perspective and considerations

Join Acas and guest speakers as we explore mental health at work during the coronavirus pandemic and discover practical ways to effectively manage, support and minimise the impact of mental health in your workplace.

Digital via Zoom
12 November 2020
09:30 - 12:30
Behaviours at work - understanding the unacceptable

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



This event looks at what constitutes unacceptable behaviour, the legal implications and employer responsibilities.


Birmingham
17 November 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Essential skills for line managers

Gain a comprehensive overview of essential managerial ‘people’ skills. This training includes interactive group discussions, helpful scenarios and case studies.

Birmingham
18 November 2020
10:00 - 13:00
Managing discipline and grievance (England & Wales) - digital event

During these unprecedented times, more people are working remotely. How your business deals with discipline and grievance may need to be adapted but it must still follow employment legislation. 



This digital event will provide you with an overview of the Acas Code of Practice and the key skills you need to confidently manage discipline and grievance procedures in your workplace and remotely.


Digital via Zoom
23 November 2020
10:00 - 13:00
Managing employee mental health (England & Wales) - digital event

This 3-hour digital event is based on our popular face to face training. It has been tailored specifically to help you support employee mental health issues during these unprecedented times.



Through guidance, discussion and activities, this interactive event will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to confidently manage good employee mental health, both remotely and in the workplace.


Digital via Zoom
25 November 2020
10:00 - 13:00
Menopause and the workplace

Menopause is a natural phase in every woman’s life, however there is still a stigma attached to it.



With menopausal women now the fastest growing demographic in the workplace, it’s more important than ever for employers to have a good understanding of the menopause and how they can support colleagues through the transition.



This event looks at the symptoms and misconceptions surrounding the menopause, as well as the legal position and support available for both employees and employers.


Birmingham
26 November 2020
09:30 - 12:30
Contracts of employment - How to get it right

This half day event will provide support and guidance on how to create, agree, vary and terminate a contract of employment, informing you of the legal thresholds and good practice.

Birmingham
2 December 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Human resource management for beginners

This practical event will introduce you to the fundamentals of employing people. It maps the employment relationship from recruitment, 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.


Birmingham
3 December 2020
10:00 - 13:00
Transition from lockdown: key employment considerations for workplaces in England

This 2-hour digital course has been designed to address the key issues that employers have told us they are facing in navigating from lock down to transition and beyond. 

Digital via Zoom
8 December 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Change management

This full day event takes an in-depth look at the effects that change can have on an organisation and its employees. We will look at best practice for planning and implementing change, the importance of leadership and staff consultation, as well as the legal aspects of change management.

Birmingham
9 December 2020
09:30 - 12:30
Equality, diversity and inclusion: the essentials

Equality, diversity and inclusion form a vital part of any successful organisation. Getting it wrong can have costly implications in terms of employment tribunal cases and reputational damage.



This half day event looks at the essential aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion that all organisations need to be aware of, including the legal position and best practice for promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.


Birmingham
10 December 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Managing discipline and grievance (full day)

The law requires employers to act reasonably in their discipline of employees and in dealing with grievances. Poorly handled processes can lead to unnecessary and costly employment tribunals.



This practical full day event will provide you with detailed knowledge, skills and techniques to effectively manage and conduct employee discipline and grievance procedures within your workplace.


Birmingham
15 December 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Behaviours at work - understanding the unacceptable

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



This event looks at what constitutes unacceptable behaviour, the legal implications and employer responsibilities.


Birmingham
16 December 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Mental health in the workplace: skills for managers

According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in six employees experience mental ill health each year. Whilst the reasons behind mental ill health are not always work related, managers need to know how to address it.



This in-depth, full day event has been specifically designed for managers, providing them with the knowledge and practical skills to confidently and effectively manage mental health within their teams.


Birmingham
17 December 2020
09:30 - 12:30
Employment law update

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



This event will bring you up to date on recent changes in legislation and highlight what’s planned for the future; a key consideration for business planning.


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



Birmingham
18 December 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Redundancy and restructuring - managing the change and understanding the options

Making staff redundant is a difficult but sometimes necessary decision.


This full day event will help you discover all you need to know, about how to carry out redundancies in the most fair and efficient way. It focuses on the legal and practical aspects of managing redundancies with an overview of restructuring.



Birmingham
21 December 2020
09:30 - 12:30
Mental health in the workplace: good practice and the law

Managing mental health in the workplace can be complex.



This half day event has been designed to help you understand the basics of mental health in the workplace and what your organisation can do to meet both its legal obligations and demonstrate best practice.


Birmingham
21 December 2020
09:30 - 16:00
Absence management and return to work interviews

This full day event will provide you with practical management skills to improve attendance in your workplace.

We will focus on good practice techniques to manage absence effectively, including how to conduct a successful return to work interview.


Birmingham
7 January 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Essential skills for line managers

Gain a comprehensive overview of essential managerial ‘people’ skills. This training includes interactive group discussions, helpful scenarios and case studies.

Birmingham
11 January 2021
09:30 - 16:00
The Acas framework for effective leadership

Good leadership is essential to successfully manage an efficient and productive workplace.



This in-depth event will introduce delegates to the Acas framework for effective leadership and demonstrate how it can be applied in practice. It will consider the business advantages of good leadership and provide delegates with the opportunity to identify and build on their own leadership styles.


The event is open to all levels of management.



Birmingham
12 January 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Human resource management for beginners

This practical event will introduce you to the fundamentals of employing people. It maps the employment relationship from recruitment, 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.


Birmingham
13 January 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Conducting investigations

This full day event looks at how to conduct and manage a fair internal investigation, from gathering and assessing evidence through to presenting findings.

Birmingham
13 January 2021
10:00 - 13:00
Menopause and the workplace

Menopause is a natural phase in every woman’s life, however there is still a stigma attached to it.



With menopausal women now the fastest growing demographic in the workplace, it’s more important than ever for employers to have a good understanding of the menopause and how they can support colleagues through the transition.



This event looks at the symptoms and misconceptions surrounding the menopause, as well as the legal position and support available for both employees and employers.


Birmingham
19 January 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Change management

This full day event takes an in-depth look at the effects that change can have on an organisation and its employees. We will look at best practice for planning and implementing change, the importance of leadership and staff consultation, as well as the legal aspects of change management.

Birmingham
21 January 2021
09:30 - 12:30
Equality, diversity and inclusion: the essentials

Equality, diversity and inclusion form a vital part of any successful organisation. Getting it wrong can have costly implications in terms of employment tribunal cases and reputational damage.



This half day event looks at the essential aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion that all organisations need to be aware of, including the legal position and best practice for promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.


Birmingham
26 January 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Managing discipline and grievance (full day)

The law requires employers to act reasonably in their discipline of employees and in dealing with grievances. Poorly handled processes can lead to unnecessary and costly employment tribunals.



This practical full day event will provide you with detailed knowledge, skills and techniques to effectively manage and conduct employee discipline and grievance procedures within your workplace.


Birmingham
27 January 2021
09:30 - 12:30
Behaviours at work - understanding the unacceptable

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



This event looks at what constitutes unacceptable behaviour, the legal implications and employer responsibilities.


Birmingham
28 January 2021
09:30 - 12:30
Employment law update

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



This event will bring you up to date on recent changes in legislation and highlight what’s planned for the future; a key consideration for business planning.


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



Birmingham
1 February 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Management skills workshop

A practical workshop for those new to managing staff, providing you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become a successful manager. This course can also act as a useful refresher for more experienced managers.

Birmingham
2 February 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Managing the 'unmanageable'

In the workplace, wherever there are people there can be challenging behaviours. Some are so extreme that hoping they would just change is not an effective strategy.


This course will give you the skills and confidence to manage these effectively.



Birmingham
4 February 2021
09:30 - 12:30
Mental health in the workplace: good practice and the law

Managing mental health in the workplace can be complex.



This half day event has been designed to help you understand the basics of mental health in the workplace and what your organisation can do to meet both its legal obligations and demonstrate best practice.


Birmingham
9 February 2021
09:30 - 12:30
Contracts of employment - How to get it right

This half day event will provide support and guidance on how to create, agree, vary and terminate a contract of employment, informing you of the legal thresholds and good practice.

Birmingham
10 February 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Mental health in the workplace: skills for managers

According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in six employees experience mental ill health each year. Whilst the reasons behind mental ill health are not always work related, managers need to know how to address it.



This in-depth, full day event has been specifically designed for managers, providing them with the knowledge and practical skills to confidently and effectively manage mental health within their teams.


Birmingham
10 February 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Redundancy and restructuring - managing the change and understanding the options

Making staff redundant is a difficult but sometimes necessary decision.


This full day event will help you discover all you need to know, about how to carry out redundancies in the most fair and efficient way. It focuses on the legal and practical aspects of managing redundancies with an overview of restructuring.



Birmingham
16 February 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Human resource management for beginners

This practical event will introduce you to the fundamentals of employing people. It maps the employment relationship from recruitment, 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.


Birmingham
17 February 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Essential skills for line managers

Gain a comprehensive overview of essential managerial ‘people’ skills. This training includes interactive group discussions, helpful scenarios and case studies.

Birmingham
2 March 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Conducting investigations

This full day event looks at how to conduct and manage a fair internal investigation, from gathering and assessing evidence through to presenting findings.

Birmingham
3 March 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Change management

This full day event takes an in-depth look at the effects that change can have on an organisation and its employees. We will look at best practice for planning and implementing change, the importance of leadership and staff consultation, as well as the legal aspects of change management.

Birmingham
4 March 2021
09:30 - 12:30
Equality, diversity and inclusion: the essentials

Equality, diversity and inclusion form a vital part of any successful organisation. Getting it wrong can have costly implications in terms of employment tribunal cases and reputational damage.



This half day event looks at the essential aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion that all organisations need to be aware of, including the legal position and best practice for promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.


Birmingham
4 March 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Managing discipline and grievance (full day)

The law requires employers to act reasonably in their discipline of employees and in dealing with grievances. Poorly handled processes can lead to unnecessary and costly employment tribunals.



This practical full day event will provide you with detailed knowledge, skills and techniques to effectively manage and conduct employee discipline and grievance procedures within your workplace.


Birmingham
10 March 2021
09:30 - 12:30
Behaviours at work - understanding the unacceptable

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



This event looks at what constitutes unacceptable behaviour, the legal implications and employer responsibilities.


Birmingham
11 March 2021
09:30 - 12:30
Employment law update

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



This event will bring you up to date on recent changes in legislation and highlight what’s planned for the future; a key consideration for business planning.


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



Birmingham
15 March 2021
09:30 - 12:30
Mental health in the workplace: good practice and the law

Managing mental health in the workplace can be complex.



This half day event has been designed to help you understand the basics of mental health in the workplace and what your organisation can do to meet both its legal obligations and demonstrate best practice.


Birmingham
18 March 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Human resource management for beginners

This practical event will introduce you to the fundamentals of employing people. It maps the employment relationship from recruitment, 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.


Birmingham
18 March 2021
10:00 - 13:00
Menopause and the workplace

Menopause is a natural phase in every woman’s life, however there is still a stigma attached to it.



With menopausal women now the fastest growing demographic in the workplace, it’s more important than ever for employers to have a good understanding of the menopause and how they can support colleagues through the transition.



This event looks at the symptoms and misconceptions surrounding the menopause, as well as the legal position and support available for both employees and employers.


Birmingham
25 March 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Essential skills for line managers

Gain a comprehensive overview of essential managerial ‘people’ skills. This training includes interactive group discussions, helpful scenarios and case studies.

Birmingham
30 March 2021
09:30 - 16:00
Mental health in the workplace: skills for managers

According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in six employees experience mental ill health each year. Whilst the reasons behind mental ill health are not always work related, managers need to know how to address it.



This in-depth, full day event has been specifically designed for managers, providing them with the knowledge and practical skills to confidently and effectively manage mental health within their teams.


Birmingham