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Employment Law

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): 26 October 2023
  • Duration: Two sessions
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Please note: This course is delivered through the Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project, which is part funded by the European Social Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support employees of small and medium businesses that are based in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

Nottingham Law School, jointly with our award winning law firm NLS Legal Limited, are pleased to offer a short course to build your knowledge of Employment Law. Participants will acquire valuable skills and an awareness of the importance and value of well-structured HR policies.

The course will be delivered over two sessions at Nottingham Law School.

What you’ll study

If you are looking to develop your Human Resources (HR) skills, our new Employment Law course will teach you about the policies and procedures that play a pivotal role in the operations of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), from startups to more seasoned businesses. Early consideration and structuring of HR policies can help to circumvent issues that may arise later, and can even provide opportunities to harness and optimise valuable workforce potential that might otherwise be overlooked.

Every week, there are fresh instances of individuals and businesses encountering challenges related to employee rights, benefits, diversity and inclusion, performance management, and our course aims to guide you through these intricacies and help you differentiate between your 'leave policies' and 'grievance procedures'. This series of modules is designed to unravel the complexities of HR policies and the steps you can take to establish effective policies, and the significance of doing so.

Throughout this course, participants will gain critical comprehension of various HR policies and procedures and how to implement them to your advantage. You will acquire valuable skills and an awareness of the importance and value of well-structured HR policies.

The course will be interactive, featuring presentations, activities, and Q&As to help you understand the different issues under discussion. The sessions are structured to stimulate conversation, and we encourage active participation. There will be ample opportunities for you to ask questions both during and after the main segment of the seminar.

How you’re taught

Below you can find details on the two sessions that are part of this course.

Session 1: Introduction to HR Policies and Procedures

In this interactive session, we will delve into the fundamental aspects of HR policies and procedures, focusing on those crucial for business owners, directors, or those considering hiring employees for the first time.

We will discuss the primary purpose of these policies and procedures, what they aim to achieve, and the benefits they bring to a business. Topics will include recruitment, onboarding, performance management, and employee rights, among others.

We will also explore how these policies and procedures can foster a positive work environment, boost employee productivity, and ensure legal compliance. Additionally, we will shed light on the key initial steps you can take to implement these policies and procedures effectively in your business.

Finally, we will touch upon how to steer clear of common early challenges related to HR management and help you establish a solid foundation for your business's HR framework.

Session 2: HR Policies, Employment Tribunals, and Claims Management

During this interactive session, we will take a more detailed look at HR policies and their crucial role in managing employment tribunal claims.

In particular, we will explore how well-drafted and implemented HR policies can greatly assist business owners, directors, and HR professionals in dealing with employment-related claims. We will delve into key areas such as grievance procedures, disciplinary actions, discrimination complaints, and dismissal processes.

We will also examine some practical steps you can take to make your HR policies more robust, thereby reducing the likelihood of facing employment tribunal claims. These include regular policy reviews, staff training, and maintaining open lines of communication with employees.

Finally, we will look at real-life case studies to demonstrate how focused HR policies can significantly improve your chances of successfully defending claims and safeguarding your business's reputation and financial health.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this course you must be employed by a small or medium business (under 250 employees) in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

No previous qualifications or experience is needed to access this course.

If you have any queries about this course, please email:

If this course is of interest but you or your company do not meet the eligibility criteria for a funded place, please contact us to find out about dates for other occurrences.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.