Spring 2015 Lunch and Learn Dates Announced

Posted on March 9, 2015 by


Open SandwichesWe are delighted to announce the next dates in our free lunch and learn series. Sessions will be run at the Urquhart Partnership offices at 8 North Silver Street, arrival from 12.15 for a 12.30 start and approximately 14.00 finish. To request a free place, email us at info@upwebsite.com or call 01224 643465, indicating which dates / topics you would like to attend. 

7th April – Changes to Immigration Law 2015 and Impact on Employers – Anne Morris, Managing Director at DavidsonMorris Sweeping changes to UK immigration law were introduced at the end of 2014. Further reforms to different categories will come into effect in April 2015 which will impact on your business operations – recruitment, compliance functions, and employees. The session will help you understand how to mitigate business, reputation and financial risk and will cover;

  • Recruitment of international talent – considering the impact immigration legislation has on your business operations.
  • Reforms to the Business Visitor Visa category as of April 2015
  • Your responsibilities for managing and monitoring your migrant workforce and consideration of any changes to your business operations.

5th May – Managing Stress During Difficult Times – Julie McDonald, Chartered Psychologist at The Urquhart Partnership

  • Understanding the signs and causes of stress
  • How stress affects our decision making
  • Coping Responses – Effective / Destructive
  • The Philosophy of Stress Management
  • What can Managers do to help their staff?

13th May – Employer Branding – Scott Hunter, Creative Director at Hampton Associates In a competitive market, considering a company’s Employer Brand is essential for ensuring an organisation is attracting the very best candidates available. Employer branding is the process of promoting a company, or an organisation, as the employer of choice to a desired target group, one which a company needs and wants to recruit and retain.  This session will explain how Hampton Associates have helped several organisations evolve and re-position their Employer Brand. It will cover:

  • What employer brand  means
  • Why we need it
  • Explain the strategy, creativity and activities that go into establishing an appealing internal and external employer image
  • Share and discuss some examples and case studies

21st May – Dealing with uncertainty in the economic downturn – Julie McDonald, Chartered Psychologist at The Urquhart Partnership

  • How uncertainty drives psychological stress
  • The impact of major change
  • The psychological effect of redundancy on:
    • Those being made redundant
    • The “survivors”
    • Managers/HR Professionals
  • Delivering difficult messages

27th May – Managing International Assignments & Secondments – Charles Stewart, Director at CWS HR Consulting As businesses increasingly develop and expand their operations and activities worldwide, there is a growing need to deploy employees internationally. However, managing international assignments has wider risks and complexities associated with taxation, social security, employee pensions and benefits management, immigration controls, the need for multi-jurisdictional legal compliance, and issues affecting international travel, health, safety & security.  HR practitioners with international remits may need more specialised knowledge and expertise relating to the management of international assignments.   Topics covered include:

  • Types of assignment
  • Determining who to assign
  • International Terms and Conditions/Allowances/Benefits
  • Relocation, (including families), Accommodation
  • Tax, Social Security, Payroll and Immigration
  • Pre-assignment Orientation Visits
  • Selection of International Service Suppliers
  • Health, Safety, Security and Welfare
  • Understanding the host country and location
  • Cross-Cultural Briefings and Training
  • End of Assignments / Returning Home

3rd June – Belbin Team Roles – Campbell Urquhart, Group Managing Director at The Urquhart Partnership

  • Introduction to the 9 Belbin Team Roles
  • Allowable and Non Allowable Weaknesses
  • Understanding yourself and others
  • Improving the effectiveness of recruitment using Belbin Team Roles
  • Benefits
  • Q&A
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