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Equality and Inclusion in the Workplace: the Law and Employee Engagement Workshop

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Equality and Inclusion in the Workplace: the Law and Employee Engagement Workshop

June 9, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

9th June | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – In this interactive workshop participants will be encouraged to address real challenges. We’ll be examining how the law translates in practice, how to train managers to handle difficult situations and what can happen if you don’t engage your workforce properly.


We live in a multicultural society, a fact that both enriches our lives as well as creates potential misunderstandings. Legislation is in place to help organisations navigate equality and inclusion in the workplace, but it’s not always clear-cut. 


Session 1: Equality in the Workplace: the Law, Seema Gill, Employment Lawyer

Discrimination in the workplace is a complex and evolving area of employment law which can lead to many pitfalls for employers when handling staff issues. Understanding the boundaries of the law primarily contained within the Equality Act 2010 using a practical approach will help avoid those pitfalls.

Do you have an employee on long term sick leave and know how to handle the situation within the law? 

  • Have you considered whether the employee is disabled?
  • Do you know what would be involved in any consultation with the employee?
  • Do you know all the factors that would need to be considered before making any decision?

These are some of the issues that will be discussed and given clear guidance at this workshop.


Session 2: A Potted History of Employee Engagement, Jasmine Gartner, Employee Engagement Trainer
Do you wonder how to communicate change to your employees? Have you experienced a breakdown in communications between different levels of managers and staff? Have you seen a drop in morale or productivity amongst your staff? Do your staff seem happy when things are going well at work, but turnover is high during times of change?


If any of the above are true, it’s likely that you might need to improve your employee engagement strategy.
If your next question is “what exactly is employee engagement and how can it fix all those problems?” then you’ll get some answers during this workshop.


In this workshop, we’ll answer questions like these:

– What are the protected characteristics within the Equality Act (2010)?
– What’s the difference between direct and indirect discrimination?
– What are the duties towards disabled employees?
– What exactly is employee engagement and why is it important?
– How do equality and inclusion relate to employee engagement?

You will also have the opportunity to network and share learning with professionals from different charities, non-profits and social enterprise organisations.


How you will benefit from attending this workshop

You will leave with :

– A clear understanding of the Equality Act 2010
– A working definition of employee engagement
– The importance of diversity and inclusion for employee engagement
– A diversity and inclusion checklist


Who should attend?

– Anyone responsible for line managing or recruiting staff
– HR professionals looking for practical applications to specific challenges
– CEOs and trustees who need to have a clear understanding of their responsibilities and liabilities



09:00 – 09:30 Registration and introductions

09:30 – 09:50 Equality in the Workplace: the Law, Seema Gill, Employment Lawyer

09:50 – 10:00 Q&A

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break & networking

10:15 – 10:35 A Potted History of Employee Engagement, Jasmine Gartner, Employee Engagement Trainer

10:35 – 10:45 Q&A

10:45 – 11:45 Interactive group case studies

11:45 – 12:00 Networking



This workshop is a collaboration between employment lawyer Seema Gill and employee engagement specialist Jasmine Gartner. At this event, they’ll be examining equality and inclusion from their two different perspectives. Together, they will provide some guidance and some practical information.

Jasmine Gartner

Jasmine is a trainer, writer and speaker on employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias and organisational culture..

She has trained and spoken in the private, public and third sectors. Her clients include B&Q, Harper Collins, and United Welsh Housing Association. She is the author of Employee Engagement: a little book of Big Ideas. You can also read her column and articles on HRZone.

Seema Gill

Seema is an employment lawyer with over 10 years’ experience. She trained at a niche London firm and has worked for well-established regional, Central London and Legal 100 firms.

She is currently based in London and advises small to medium size organisations as well as senior employees on all aspects of employment law.

Seema has carried out many workshops and seminars for business clients, providing them with additional business support. She has also written articles published by the Employment Law Association and contributed to articles in The Sunday Telegraph and HR journals.


June 9, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Grange White Hall Hotel
2-5 Montague Street
London, WC1B 5BU


The I Am Group