Monday, 24 May 2010

Employment Law Seminar: making sense of new equality laws

Mayo Wynne Baxter's Employment Team have announced they’re joining forces to help employers understand a raft of new legislation.

In the wake of the Equality Act and extra rules on long-term sickness, Mayo Wynne Baxter and Martin Searle Solicitors will lead an Employment Law Update on 17th June. This informal event is part of a series run by pressure group LEADER (Local Employers Acting on Diversity, Equality and Race).

The seminar will interest those who have people management responsibilities within the private or public sector. Our very own Employment Law Specialist, Martin Williams, will be contributing his insight and wealth of experience; covering a multitude of topics, including:

PART I - What is new about the Equality Act?

- How discrimination law will be harmonised and extended
- Cover for "associative" and "perceptive" discrimination
- The concept of justification
- Third-party harassment
- The extent of positive discrimination
- The limitations on pre-employment health questionnaires
- When pay is and is not a secret

PART II - Managing ill health in the workplace and avoiding disability discrimination

- Adopting a fair procedure to any dismissal
- Ill health as a reason for dismissal
- The new Statement of Fitness for Work "Fit Notes"
- Disability and employment law
- What is disability discrimination and how has this changed with the introduction of
the Equality Act

This event is taking place at Brighton’s Holiday Inn and kicks off at 8.30am to 10.30am. The seminar is free to LEADER members and a one-off fee of £15 to £25 for non-members can go towards annual membership.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter where we’ll remind you about our seminar nearer the time, as well as regular tweets on Mayo Wynne Baxter news and views. For further information, or to book your space at this event, email or call 01273 291577.

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Thank you to those who attended our ‘How to exploit the power of social networking’ seminar

Firstly, we’d like to thank everyone who attended last night’s event, particularly Lighthouse for their fantastic hospitality, and of course our speakers Edward Coxall, Dean Orgill, Cristina Lawrence and Leapfrogg’s Ben Potter for their invaluable insight on social media in the workplace.

Secondly, how many of you today viewed and used your various social networking channels differently? One thing last night’s presentations highlighted was the unrelenting power of social media and how it’s gradually entering our lives, even if some are unaware of it.

The Mayo Wynne Baxter team did themselves proud by delivering the often confusing and exhausting subject of copyright in a more engaging way. It was good to see attendees enthusiastically jot down notes and nod with interest during the course of the evening.

Ben Potter, Sales & Marketing Director at Leapfrogg, imparted his expertise on how social media is integral to modern day marketing, but more importantly, how it needs to be respected and applied correctly in order for it work effectively for your business.

Networking and nibbles then followed the discussions. Smart phones were visible; however guests preferred more conventional methods of communicating, which gave the opportunity for people to ask questions, exchange business cards and generally share their experiences of social networking. It was clear that the majority either liked or occasionally dipped in and out of social networks, but overall weren’t mindful of their capabilities. The power of social media was certainly felt by all!

If you would like to find out more about copyright, intellectual property and the legalities surrounding social media, contact our Media & Creative Industries Team today to arrange a meeting.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Want to know how to exploit the power of social networking?

If you and your business has in anyway adopted social media, and by that we mean either a solitary tweet on Twitter every now and then, or persistent dabbling on LinkedIn and Facebook, but without genuine conviction, then our ‘How to exploit the power of social networking’ seminar this month will certainly enlighten you.

Mayo Wynne Baxter’s Media & Creative Industries team, joined by Brighton-based digital marketing agency Leapfrogg, will be addressing how companies can utilise the power of social media to promote their brand, whilst being mindful of the various legal issues. Attendees can expect a lively, interactive seminar where smart phones can stay switched on! Discussions will cover:

• Choosing and protecting your brand name - Trademarks, copyright issues, research and planning using community mapping tools.

• Social media as a promotional tool - Choosing the right social networking tools, establishing benchmarks and choosing useful objectives.

• Staff as your social media champions – How to integrate social media into the fabric of your organisation through employee engagement, establishing policies and procedures to promote consistency of message and brand and how to implement the right staff policies and practices.

• Brand reputation- monitoring your brand online - How to monitor your online reputation and how best to defend yourself against a breach of copyright.

Litigation specialist Dean Orgill will be speaking on issues surrounding copyright and Edward Coxall, Intellectual Property and Corporate specialist will speak on the importance of trademarks.

Employment Law specialist Cristina Lawrence will provide you with useful tips on how to draft Social Media policies and procedures for your business. Delegates will have the opportunity to consider the implications of social media in the context of the work place.

“Time and time again companies jump head first into social media with no planning or thought as to the legalities. This is shaping up to be a great event; covering every angle,” says Ben Potter, Sales and Marketing Director at Leapfrogg, who specialise in delivering integrated digital marketing strategies for aspirational brands. By combining search marketing, social media and digital content, Leapfrogg help their clients to grow and prosper online.

The evening kicks off on Wednesday 19th May from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Lighthouse and would like you all to join us after the seminar for refreshments, canapés and of course networking; to exchange twitter names and MOO cards!

Spaces at this event are limited, so to secure your place please contact Louise Clasby on or call (01273) 477071.

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