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Acas conference: Key trends & challenges for HR in 2018 and beyond


Join Acas and leading experts from industry and academia for a special day looking at key HR challenges for 2018 and beyond. A chance to help you with organisational challenges and to network and share thoughts and information with other professionals.

Business need

We’ll be looking at some of the hot topics in HR and giving you the unique opportunity to network, share ideas and ask questions of our experts on the issues that matter most.

Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish enhance their CPD.


Acas chair, Sir Brendan Barber will open the event and offer his view on the current employment relations landscape. Brendan was the General Secretary of the TUC from 2003 to 2012 and appointed Acas Chair in 2014.

Adapting HR to the Changing World of Work: David D’Souza the CIPD’s Head of London and "One of the UK’s most influential HR and workplace commentators" - Workplace Insight magazine. David will be sharing his views and thoughts on the current challenges faced by HR professions and how progressive HR needs to adapt to the changing world of work.

Mind over machines, the impact of technology on the workplace: Adrian Wakeling, Acas Senior Policy Advisor ‘Are we slaves to the machines or is new technology making working life easier?’ The paradox is that while technology seems to give with one (robotic) hand, it often takes away with the other. Acas will be unpicking some of these controversial but topical workplace issues:

  • Technology can give people more autonomy but it can also lead to more management monitoring and surveillance
  • Technology can simplify tasks but also fuel work intensification as productivity targets rise.
  • Technology speeds up communication but there may be fewer people to talk to.
  • Technology can challenge but also re-enforce our unconscious biases.
  • Technology is helping our physical health, but potentially damaging our mental health.

Fake News and HR Futures: the view from Higher Education: Jane Aspinall, specialist employment lawyer and senior lecturer in HRM at Liverpool Business School. Committed to the development of HR Professionals, Jane will share with us a light hearted look at fake news and its implications for the HR Profession.

Gender Pay - where are we now? Sara Abbonizio; Head of Business Strategy, The Government Equalities Office (GEO) and Acas Senior Guidance Managing Editor; John Palmer - A year on from the launch of the new gender pay gap regulations, what do we know and what do businesses need to know and learn for the future?

GDPR – coming soon to a workplace near you; Daniel Milnes Partner Head of Commercial, Forbes Solicitors covering how GDPR is different from the current law and how that plays out in the field of HR from recruiting to disputing to booting.

Not my employee not my problem? Employers liability for sexual harassment committed by a third party; John Morrow, Lecturer in Law at University of Chester Business School - a topical and often a misunderstood area, with much of the recent media attention lacking accuracy.

Acas Senior Advisers will also be on hand to discuss any workplace questions and there will be an opportunity to network with other attendees over lunch.

More information and guest speakers to be announced shortly.

Don't miss out - book your place now.

This training event is nearly fully booked and has been taken offline to avoid overbooking. Please contact Acas on 0300 123 1150 about availability of places

Venue Manchester United Ltd   Map (opens in new window)   Date 01/03/2018    Time 10:00 - 16:00   
Price £170.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt