Fundamentals of Employment Law

Short Course
Duration: 2 days   /   Level: General   /   Suitable for in-house

Gain the essentials of employment law with this introductory course. 

This course also forms part of the Level 3 Foundation Award in HR Essentials (Employment Law).



Dates and Availability

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11 September 2018
Duration: 2 days
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27 September 2018
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18 October 2018
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29 November 2018
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Booking information and ways to pay

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Fundamentals of Employment Law  provides a foundation in the key areas of employment law. It enables you to handle the common employment issues that arise on a day-to-day basis in a confident and professional manner.

Run as it features here, or run in-house where the content can be tailored to suit your organisational needs; cost effective if a number of people require training.  Call our in-house training team to discuss your particular requirements on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

If you're a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), you're entitled to the CIPD member discount on this short course. Please download and complete this booking form. Find out more about the the CIPD short courses that CIMA members can claim the CIPD member discount on.

Course Tutors

Mrs Cas Carrington

Cas is a Partner with KLC Employment Law Consultants where she has headed up the employment law training department for 10 years. Cas develops, writes and delivers employment law training courses on a huge range of topics including the biannual CIPD ‘Law on Tour’ workshops. She teaches on many other CIPD law courses, including the Advanced Level Award in Employment Law, and also delivers training for CIPD In-Company clients. Bringing a very practical approach to her training, Cas is well known for her lively and informal style of explaining complex employment law issues. As well as being involved in training, Cas also has extensive experience of advising all types of organisations including charitable organisations, government departments, and blue chips on a wide range of employment law and employee relations issues.

Mr Sanjiv Ahluwalia

Sanjiv Ahluwalia LLM (Employment Law) LLB (Hons) is a practising solicitor. Sanjiv has held positions in private practice and local government, and spent five years in the oil industry, working as a legal adviser to two major oil companies.  He was Legal and Commercial Adviser at the Federation of Recruitment and Employment Services (now known as REC - a trade association for the recruitment industry) and subsequently worked as Associate Director of Employment Law Services for a training company. Sanjiv is an experienced lecturer, trainer and consultant in employment law and has written widely on legal issues of practical interest and importance to HR specialists, line managers and lay people generally. Sanjiv is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. Sanjiv runs his own practice, providing a consultancy service to a wide range of clients. He has acted for employees and employers in cases involving various employment issues.

Mr Derek Eccleston

Derek is an experienced and highly practical Consultant; a specialist in Employment Law, with an in-depth knowledge of H.R. and Employee/Industrial Relations, gained from operating in three industries - Financial Services, Engineering and Local Government. This was followed by 6 years experience in the Employment Department of a well respected firm of Solicitors, prior to setting up his own Consultancy in 2001. A skilled, very interactive and experienced presenter. Derek is also author of a number of Employment Law publications. He is a Personal Tutor on the Institutes Advanced Employment Law Award programme and presents Public and In-Company events for the Institute.
Who is it for

If you're in an HR support role, or a line manager involved in implementing your organisation's policies and procedures, this course will give you a crucial introduction to the essentials of employment law. It is particularly suitable for those starting out in a career in HR or those new to people management. No prior knowledge of employment law is required.


By the end of the Fundamentals of Employment Law course, you'll be able to:


  • understand the core legal principles that apply to the relationship between the employer and the employee
  • evaluate your organisation’s documentation, policies and procedures against the legal requirements
  • provide basic advice on resolving common employment issues.

Creating the employment relationship

  • The recruitment process

- Advertising, application forms, interviews, vetting and barring

  • The contract – the different types, offer, terms, clauses
  • Immigration, criminal checks, vetting and barring
  • References and medicals - what to be aware of
  • Employment status

- Self-employed, part-time workers, fixed-term contracts, zero hours, overseas workers

Maintaining the employment relationship

  • Dealing with discrimination issues
  • The Equality Act and the protected characteristics

- Direct and indirect discrimination

- Victimisation

- Bullying and harassment

  • Working Time Regulations  and the ‘work-life’ balance
  • Family friendly rights including maternity, paternity, adoption, parental leave. time off for dependants and flexible working
  • Disciplinary and grievance processes
  • A practical approach to difficult issues

- Absence

- Poor performance

- Misconduct in and outside work

- Abuse of social media

- Stress

- Acting fairly and reasonably

Terminating the employment relationship

  • Constructive dismissal
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Resignations
  • Redundancy
  • Employment tribunals – who can claim, types of claim and compensation

Case study

Delegates will also have the opportunity to work through a real-life case study illustrating key points of law discussed during the course.

Programme is subject to change pending new developments.