Employment

Brodies’ employment team recently presented an Employment Idol seminar to audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow. There was a great turn out in both cities and we enjoyed catching up with familiar faces and meeting some new ones.

The feedback from attendees was universally positive and there was plenty of enthusiastic audience involvement on the day.

For anyone who didn’t make it along, here’s what you missed…

Inspired by American Idol (yes, really!) 5 members of Brodies’ employment and benefits team were each given 5 minutes in the spotlight. The audience then voted for their favourite contestant.

So far so familiar.

You’ll be relieved to hear that, unlike American Idol, Brodies’ contestants were not teenagers singing pop songs. Instead Employment Idol contenders were tasked with presenting the pros and cons of engaging workers:

  • on a zero hours contract;
  • as an employee shareholder;
  • on a flexible working arrangement;
  • as an agency worker; or
  • on a standard contract of employment

With compelling performances from all 5 contenders the audience were asked to plump for their preferred employment status. The results were unanimous – flexible working was the clear favourite in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Thanks to everyone who came along. Judging by the feedback, you enjoyed the seminars as much as we did!

“Very informative but presented in a very laid back fun way! Would definitely attend future sessions – great learning opportunity.”

“I really enjoyed the seminar. I thought the structure with short burst of information and different speakers held my concentration.”

“The overview was excellent – concise and well presented with more than a little humour.”

“Very engaging presenters. Brodies LLP staff were very friendly and very much helped set the scene for a laid back event!”

Our next seminar is on 22nd October on “Investigations in employment disputes – 10 do’s and don’ts” and is available to book here. This practical session will look at the best approach to investigation in grievances and disciplinary cases which arise from allegations of discrimination, bullying and personality clashes.

Julie Keir

Practice Development Lawyer at Brodies LLP
As a Practice Development Lawyer Julie is responsible for developing and maintaining Brodies Workbox, our award-winning online HR and employment law resource.
Julie Keir