I had no idea about the popularity of industrial relations as a topic area! Clearly, people do need to keep abreast of legislative changes and caselaw regularly. But it did surprise me somewhat to see that our Industrial Relations briefing held two days ago garnered as much interest as the Leadership Forum we ran in May last year. IR was also clearly far more popular than the HR toolkit event held in September last year. We had a really good turnout with 83 participants coming into the Star Auditorium on Tuesday for a three hour session. A briefing we plan to run every quarter this year, the session featured Dharmen Sivalingam, the Executive Director at Meca Employers Consulting. Dharmen gave us a rundown of the kind of changes we can expect to see shortly, if some of the discussion about key amendments get through. It was a truly engaging presentation and the kind of discussions that followed enabled people to take some good pointers home.
The Industrial Relations briefing….
Dharmen had also pointed out some key issues with regard to probationers. This was interesting in terms of what employers can expect and in terms of the impact on the employment contract or lack of. You can read more about this in the key extracts from the briefing.