Lancashire HR Employers Forum

Together we are Forbes

Wednesday 20 November 2013, Clayton Park Conference Centre, Jct 7 Business Park, Clayton-le-Moors, BB5 5JW

Business Owners/Directors/Managers and HR Practitioners across the county are invited to the Lancashire HR Employers' Forum.

The aim of these forums is to keep you up to date with changes and developments in Employment Law along with bringing you key speakers who can inspire you and your business.



Buffet Lunch and Networking


Welcome and General Introduction


Lisa Ellis, ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), Trainer, Good Practicing Services

Providing a summary of key employment law updates. (10 minutes)


Amy Stokes, Associate, Employment Law Team, Forbes Solicitors

Summary of recent cases which may impact on the workforce and what is coming up. (10 minutes)


Theme - Protected Conversations and Conciliation - When to use

Recent employment law innovations and how these can work in reality

Protected Conversations - During the employment process (20 minutes)

  • The legalities
  • Aware of discrimination
  • The process of getting to this stage
  • How to have the "Challenging Conversations" to support a PC
  • Use of Settlement Agreement

Amy Stokes and Joanne L Pickering -

From a legal and HR Practitioner point of view

Conciliation -

Overview of the process and ACAS's involvement. (20 minutes)

Peter Monaghan, Acting Director, ACAS Manchester

  • Question and Answer Session to the panel of speakers

Paula Gibson, Employer Accounts Manager, National Apprenticeship Service

Introduction to Apprenticeships and examples of how these can support your business. (10 minutes)


Joanne L Pickering, Director of HR & Training, Forbes Solicitors

Chair's report


Any Other Business


Date of next meeting - 12th March 2014