Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
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About this Conference

Employment has changed significantly over the past few years, catapulting the work life balance topic to the forefront for many employees and organisations.

This brings its own challenges with the 4-day week gaining traction in many sectors, the current cost of living crisis bring with it more concerns for employers to attract and retain staff. 2023 will see the implication of new legislation such as the Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Regulations, New Whistleblowing Laws and the changes within the Employment Permits Bill.

This conference will gather a range of experts to address the ever-changing area of Human Resources and Employment Laws and is a must attend for businesses in Ireland.

Feedback From Our Last Event

“All content was thoroughly beneficial and well put together.” Nadia Martin, HR Manager, Netwatch

“Fantastic, very informative, thank you!”  Natasha Gow, Ethos Engineering Ltd

“Each session was very informative and in particular, information on remote working, contracts, wellbeing, and sick leave” - Patricia Keating, Adminsitrative Officer, Teachers' Union of Ireland

“It was fantastic, I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot from it. Looking forward to the next one.”  Fiona Parsons, The Housing Agency

“Really informative day, great content, very topical.” Fiona Flaherty, HR, Coffey Construction (I) Ltd

“Very enjoyable first event from you guys and love that it is online! Took something from all topics.” Rachel Hyland, Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

A word from our conference chairperson


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Rachel Nolan, HR Consultant, Director at Elm Castle Consultancy Ltd

Case law decisions to watch out for in 2023


Work Related Stress and Corporate Burnout

Speaker: Alan Lyons, Chartered Psychologist, C. Psychol., Ps.S.I., KinchLyons

  • How to identify burnout at work
  • Impact of burnout
  • What employees can do?
  • What employers can do?
  • Investing time and resources in staff wellbeing

Case Study: The Four Day Week: Assessing global trials of reduced work time with no reduction in pay: Evidence from Ireland

Speaker: Dr. Orla Kelly, Assistant Professor in Social Policy, University College Dublin

  • Findings in relation to Ireland’s 4-day week trials
  • Successes and evidence to support.

Case Study: CCTV in Disciplinary Processes – Key Takeaways for Employers

Speaker: Mary Cullen, Managing Director, Insight HR

  • Case Study [Doolin V DPC, 2022]
  • Are you using the data for the purposes set out in your policies?
  • HR officials – Key Take Aways

European Union (Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions) Regulations 2022 - The EU Work-Life Balance Directive

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

  • New limitations on probationary periods
  • More detailed and earlier contracts of employment
  • Restricted grounds for preventing ‘parallel’ employment. 

Attracting and Retaining Staff during a Cost-of-Living Crisis

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

  • Which strategies work best in attracting and retaining staff during difficult economic times?
  • How you can become an employer of choice
  • The benefits of using people analytics to drive talent retention.
  • Your people managers are key to workforce resilience – supporting your team through a crisis and the impact this has on retention.
  • People Professionals – who is responsible for HR’s resilience during challenging times?

The Employment Permits Bill 2022

Speaker: Sinead Morgan, Senior Associate, RDJ LLP

  • Current position
  • Proposed changes to current system
  • New types of permits
  • Likely impact based on draft legislation

Dismissal: Rules, Misconceptions and Risk

  • Cause to Dismiss
  • Minimum Notice Periods for Dismissal
  • Misconceptions in dismissal of an employee
  • Minimising risk of claims against companies for unfair dismissal

Autoenrollment Pension Scheme

Speaker: Mark Curran, BL, The Law Library

  • When is it due to be implemented and core details employers need to know.
  • What are the benefits and potential pitfalls of autoenrollment.
  • Has Ireland learnt its lesson from the UK approach.

Managing Ireland's New Whistleblowing Laws: What Employers Need to Know

Speaker: Clara Gleeson, Associate, Disputes & Investigations, A&L Goodbody

  • Prescriptive new operational requirements for employers
  • Practical tips and common pitfalls – "dos and don'ts" to ensure compliance.

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.


Fredericka Sheppard
Co-Founder and Managing Director (Joint) Voltedge Management
Alan Lyons
Chartered Psychologist, C. Psychol., Ps.S.I., KinchLyons
Mary Cullen
Managing Director, Insight HR
Elysia Hegarty
Associate Director FOWI & Wellness Lead, Cpl Group
Mark Curran BL
Barrister at Law
Sinead Morgan
Senior Associate, RDJ LLP
Rachel Nolan
HR Consultant, Director at Elm Castle Consultancy Ltd
Dr. Orla Kelly
Assistant Professor in Social Policy, University College Dublin
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.