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NEPIC Employers’ Conference – The Future of Work

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June 24, 2021

Online | United Kingdom

9:30 am - 4:30 pm


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Final few days to register!

Coronavirus has changed the way we work, perhaps forever. So, what are the implications of mass remote working along with new legislation, the UK’s exit from the EU and advancements in technology and how can businesses respond and develop workforce strategies for post COVID-19 recovery?

2020 rocked many organisations and business models, overturning priorities and plans as business leaders rushed to navigate a rapidly changing environment. 2021 is likely to be another year full of major transitions. While there has been a lot of focus on the increase in the number of employees working remotely, there are numerous additional forces that will shape business in 2021.

Join us live and online on Thursday 24th June when we will come together to explore the forces shaping the future of work and what this means to employers and your workforce and discover the answers to your most pressing questions for enhancing your workplace.


09.30 | Welcome & Housekeeping

Louise Gwynne-Jones, Communications Director – NEPIC

09.35 | Key Legal HR Issues as we Recover from COVID-19

Jean-Pierre van Zyl, Head of Employment & Rebecca Fielding, Employment Partner – Square One Law

10.05 | DiSCover the Power of Effective Virtual Communication

Teresa Peters, Owner Executive & Personal Performance Coach – Accelerator Coaching Ltd

10.35 | Internal Communications: Helping Your Employees to See the Big Picture

Craig Smith, Company Director – The Big Picture People

11.05 | Remote Working Security: Keep Your Employees Secure

Cheryl Spears, Sales Director – Lucid Technology Solutions

11.25 | The Sector Skills Landscape

Neil Smith, Head of Workforce Development & Rachel Roby, Strategic Apprenticeship Lead – Cogent / Science Industry Partnership

11.45 | Group Discussions – Break out room sessions with experts and industry colleagues

12.20 | Lunch

13.00 | HR Trends for the Post-Pandemic Workplace 

Rebecca Armstrong, Organisational & Development Manager – HR2day

13.30 | Mental Health at Work: Creating an Open Culture

Emma Howitt, CEO – Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind

14.00 | Case Study: Realise People Potential & Ignite Performance

Hayley Carter, L&D Business Partner – CPI

14.30 | Be a Compassionate Employer – The Importance of Bereavement Support

Laura Barrett, Bereavement Support Worker – St. Oswald’s Hospice

15.00 | Key 2021 Employment Issues: IR35 Sense Check

Jayne Flint, Associate – Womble Bond Dickinson

15.30 | Key 2021 Employment Issues: Immigration & Recruitment post Brexit

Alan Kennedy, Managing Associate – Womble Bond Dickinson

16.00 | Group Discussions – Break out room sessions with experts and industry colleagues

16.30 | Event Close

Event Themes

Employment Law and People Management
  • Brexit and the impact on employment law
  • Levelling up the UK: the role of state aid
  • Flexible Working – The Law and Employees’ Rights
  • Latest legislation including off payroll working (IR35) 
  • Can Covid-19 vaccinations be mandatory?
The Future Workplace
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health in the Workplace
  • A compassionate employer
  • Why the future of work might be hybrid
  • Valuing Employees – Improving equality, diversity, and inclusion in your workplace
  • Remote Security and the Right Technologies
Skills & Apprenticeships
  • The Skills Landscape Explained
  • Apprenticeship: Connecting people with ambition to business with vision
  • Case Study: Apprenticeship and Graduate – Recruitment & Engagement Industry Best Practice
  • Accelerating Employee Education Digitally

Further agenda updates coming soon!

Confirmed Speakers

Who should attend?

This event will bring together industry thought leaders, workplace innovators and legal professionals to explore and advance the concepts important to tomorrow’s workplace and be of interest to the following roles:

• HR & People Managers
• Talent Managers
• Business Owners
• Performance Managers
• Operation Managers
• Line Managers & Team Leaders

Key Event Takeaways

• Return to the Office
• Skills Gaps
• Employee productivity
• Empowering & Engaging Employees
• Technology & People
• The new ‘normal’
• Legislation & Legal must-knows





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