Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

About this Conference

The last 18 months has seen a significant shift in the way we work, the Covid-19 Pandemic has made companies re-think the traditional 9-5 office days. This has come with many new issues in the area of employment law with new guidelines being issued by the Government on employees “Right to Disconnect”, how to manage requests for full time /remote or hybrid working once we can return to the offices.  We will also discuss the huge issue of mental health of employees.

This conference will look at what is required by employers, including the Code of Practice on the ‘‘Right to Disconnect’’, Updates in the law for diversity and inclusion, new psychological safety standards and mental wellbeing principles, COVID -19 redundancy and how to facilitate hybrid working and the post-Covid workplace.


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Workplace Relations Commission Update on The Latest Trends and What Employers Should Look Out for

Code of Practice on the ‘‘Right to Disconnect’’ and the proposed Working from Home Bill- what are the issues?

  • The right to disconnect and its interaction with the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997
  • Employer and Employee Obligations
  • Best Practice Guidance on a Right to Disconnect Policy
  • Working from Home Bill- Is it fraught with issues? Will it be shelved?
  • How can these issues be resolved?

Sharon Dillon Lyons, BL, The Law Library

Diversity and Inclusion: Priorities and Updates for HR Mangers

  • The art of Inclusive Leadership
  • D&I opportunities & challenges arising from the pandemic
  • Best practice guidance and models
  • Supporting working parents and carers: leave, pay and flexible working
  • Pay-gap reporting requirements coming down the track

Claire Flannery, Founder & Director, Strength Within

Placing Mental Health and Wellbeing at The Heart of Your Organisational Culture

  • How has the pandemic changed the wellbeing conversation?
  • Future trends and insights for wellbeing at work
  • The new ISO Psychological Safety Standards and what they mean for our organisation
  • The importance of driving accountability, the role of leadership and measuring impact
  • What can HR do to prevent stress and burnout in the workplace

Elysia Hegarty, Associate Director FOWI & Wellness Lead, Cpl Group


  • Genuine reasons and mitigating unfair dismissal risks
  • Selection and pooling
  • Calculation of severance payments
  • The importance of a Severance Agreement
  • Covid-19 related redundancy.

Shane Costelloe Associate Solicitor, Holmes O’Malley Sexton

How to Facilitate Hybrid Working and the Post-Covid Workplace

  • Decisions about where and when the work is carried out
  • Rethink of how jobs are structured.
  • How to Assess Productivity and Conduct Performance Appraisals
  • Other HR policies such as development, promotion, recruitment and sickness
  • Employee wellbeing
  • Handling Flexible Working Requests.

Fredericka Sheppard, Co-Founder and Managing Director (Joint) Voltedge Management

Change Management

Speaker: Mary Cullen, Managing Director – Insight HR

  • The nature and extent of organisational change.
  • The business case for a systematic approach to change management.
  • The roles of management and HR during major change initiatives.
  • Steps to take in managing organisational change.
  • How to overcome common obstacles encountered during organisational change.

Mary Cullen, Managing Director – Insight HR

Managing protected disclosures: What the implementation of the EU Whistleblowing Directive will mean for businesses and employers

  • The strict new requirements for all employers, both public and private
  • Other practical changes coming down the tracks
  • Implications for managing whistle-blower reports and investigations
  • Steps to start preparing now

Clara Gleeson, Solicitor, A&L Goodbody LLP

Who Should Attend?

This conference will be of interest to HR professionals, Recruiters, HR Specialists, Senior Management, Learning and Development Officers, Directors, CEOs, Supervisors, Talent Managers, Employee Engagement professionals, Management at all levels and business owners to name a few.


Sharon Dillon Lyons BL
Barrister at Law, The Law Library
Claire Flannery
Founder & Director, Strength Within
Elysia Hegarty
Associate Director FOWI & Wellness Lead, Cpl Group
Shane Costelloe
Associate Solicitor, Holmes O’Malley Sexton
Fredericka Sheppard
Co-Founder and Managing Director (Joint) Voltedge Management
Mary Cullen
Managing Director, Insight HR
Clara Gleeson
Solicitor, A&L Goodbody LLP


Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.