HR Law and Legislation


Learners will be educated during a full day covering legal issues such as the current UK legal position regarding the employment status of employees, issues related to written statements of employment particulars and employee handbooks, employment contracts and fair and unfair dismissal.

Participants will also have a half-day session covering current best practices in relation to onboarding, including how to design an effective process which ensures a smooth transition of new hires.


Course Overview

This one-and-a-half-day short programme introduces or refreshes the learner's understanding in relation to current UK employment legislation and best practice in onboarding techniques in a straightforward and accessible way.

The course will include one full day of employment law and half a day of onboarding practice.

The employment law day will cover:

  • The current UK position in relation to employment status and rights of employees.
  • The written statement of particulars (including the 2021 update).
  • Working time.
  • Discrimination and fair/unfair dismissal.

The onboarding half-day will cover:

  • The importance of onboarding and when it starts.
  • How to design an onboarding process for your business.
  • The impact of effective onboarding in terms of performance and retention.


Course aims

The aims of this short programme are to arm learners with up-to-date knowledge of employment legislation in the UK and best practices in relation to onboarding techniques.

This will allow learners to make better decisions in relation to legal situations they may encounter within their workplaces and in relation to the onboarding of new employees, leading to better retention of talent.



The learner will leave the session with:

  • The course will aid organisations in ensuring they legally comply with current employment legislation and are knowledgeable about best practices in relation to onboarding practices.
  • This will lead to organisations being more efficient and effective in how they deal with legal issues and the management of new talent.
  • The knowledge gained by learners in this programme will lead to them being more desirable in relation to their access to progression in their organisations and the labour market.



This masterclass does not require an assessment.



On completion of this masterclass, learners will receive a Certificate of Attendance.



The Staffordshire Higher Skills and Engagement Pathways programme is part funded by the European Social Fund.

Delivery method
On campus
Stoke-on-Trent campus

1.5 days

Start date

Coming soon 

Certificate of Attendance

Entry requirements

This training course is exclusively available to businesses with a maximum of 250 employees (SMEs) based in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, as well as students and graduates living or working in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.


This course is free to all businesses with a maximum of 250 employees (SMEs) based in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, as well as students and graduates living or working in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.


Lynne Williams


Lynne is a lecturer in Leadership, Management and Innovation. She is responsible for developing micro and small business start ups, scale ups with innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship.

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Andrew Hanks

Senior Lecturer

Postgraduate HRM Award Leader Andy joined Staffordshire University in the summer of 2015 after spending four years at Keele University whilst he completed a PhD in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. Before entering academia as…

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