Employment Workshop: Difficult conversations and negotiations

Dismissing an employee is an extremely difficult experience for all concerned. Many managers dread the prospect and feel a great deal of uncertainty about the legal framework governing termination discussions. Since July 2013, employers and employees have been able to engage in confidential, “off the record” discussions and negotiations about parting ways on the basis of mutually agreeable terms. However, there are strict limitations as to when employers can embark upon these types of discussions on a confidential basis.

This two-hour seminar is designed to provide delegates with practical guidance on how to prepare for and conduct difficult conversations and negotiations with employees. The session will cover both the practical ‘soft-skills’ and the law governing without prejudice discussions and pre-termination negotiations, examining:

  • How to prepare for and approach difficult management discussions
  • The difference between without prejudice discussions and pre-termination negotiations
  • ACAS conciliation (mandatory and voluntary)
  • Framing terms of settlement and minimising risks
  • The difference between settlement agreements and COT3 agreements
  • Termination payments, PILONS and tax
  • Top tips for avoiding tribunal claims

Why choose this course?

Delegates will receive:

  • A detailed and practical explanation of the law
  • Comprehensive notes and materials
  • Template letters
  • Workshop exercises and materials – including recommended approaches for termination meetings and negotiations

Who should attend?

  • HR managers and directors
  • In-house legal counsel
  • CEOs and CFOs
  • Line managers and directors
  • Trustees and non-executive directors


3.30pm: Registration 
4.00pm: Seminar 
6.00pm: Networking and drinks 


£75 (excl. VAT)