Thursday, 23 May 2019
|16.00 – 17.00||Hilton Tallinn Park||National representatives meeting||Sydney Room|
|16.00 – 19.00||Hilton Tallinn Park||Registration open||foyer, 1st floor|
|17.15 – 19.00||Start from Hilton Tallinn Park||Old Town tour||foyer, ground floor|
|Walking tour to the Tallinn Creative Hub, start from Hilton Tallinn Park|
|Tallinn Creative Hub|
|19.00 – 22.00||Tallinn Creative Hub||Welcome cocktail|
|Transfers from the venue Hilton Tallinn Park will be provided as of 18:30
Transfers from the Tallinn Creative hub back to the Hilton Tallinn Park, Swissotel, Telegraaf and Radisson Blu will be provided as of 21:45
Dress code: smart casual
Friday, 24 May 2019
|08.00 – 19.00||Hilton Tallinn Park||Registration open||foyer, 1st floor|
|09.00 – 12.00||Hilton Tallinn Park||Opening session + Plenary sessions||Ballroom|
|09.00 – 10.15||Welcome and keynote||foyer, 1st floor|
Welcome by Bartlomiej Raczkowski, Chair of EELA, Raczkowski Paruch, Poland, and welcome and introduction by Pirkko-Liis Harkmaa, Chair of EELA Conference Committee, PLH Legal, Estonia
Welcome by Imbi Jürgen, Vice Chairman of the Estonian Bar Association, PWC Legal Estonia
|10.15 – 10.45||Coffee break||foyer, 1st floor|
|10.45 – 12.00||General session - #MeToo – impact on employment relations||Ballroom|
|The #metoo phenomenon is a global social movement that has revolutionized awareness on the problem of sexual harassment. This has resulted in an explosion of sexual harassment complaints across all industries and jurisdictions, thus pressuring employers worldwide into revisiting their workplace practices. This session will explore the cultural differences that affect the manner in which the #metoo movement is addressed, including the backlash that has ensued, with a focus on comparisons between North America and the EU/UK. Our panelists will share first hand experiences of their handling of high profile complaints, as well as discuss how employers have responded in the workplace, and why they need to adapt their workplace harassment and investigation policies to better prevent and deal with such complaints.|
Patrick Benaroche, Stikeman Elliott, Canada
Richard Miskella, Lewis Silkin, UK
Cara Green, Outten Golden, USA
Tracy Owen, Paramount Pictures, UK "
|12.00 – 13.30||Hilton Tallinn Park||Lunch||foyer, 1st floor|
|13.30 – 17.00||Hilton Tallinn Park||Parallel sessions|
|I Parallel sessions:|
|13.30 – 15.00||Legal Tech for employment lawyers||Ballroom 2+3|
|This session aims to discuss developments in AI and other technologies that are enabling the streamlining of legal processes and new models of legal service delivery. The session, interactive and dynamic, is intended to bring together people at the leading edge of these developments within their own organizations to discuss the opportunities and challenges of legaltech as well as showcase new technologies relevant for those working in the Employment and HR fields.|
Inge Vanderreken, Allen & Overy, Belgium
Jeremias Prassl, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford
Alex Smith, iManage RAVN, UK"
|13.30 – 15.00||Modern mobility – meeting the challenges of advising on new cross-border working arrangements||Ballroom 1|
|Traditionally assignments were either short-term or long-term, structured as secondments, expatriations or transfers. Nowadays with dual careers, increased technology and different needs new and hybrid assignment models emerge. Alongside the traditional assignment types we now also have increased frequent travellers, commuters, cross-border teleworkers, satellite employees, cross-border mobile project workers, digital nomads, virtual organisations, etc. During this session we will discuss the challenges of those new global mobility models and address issues such as working time, tracking of whereabouts and its impact on tax and social security, immigration rules, managing minimum terms and conditions and applicable laws, increased compliance obligations, use of technology, etc|
Sophie Maes, Claeys & Engels, Belgium
Rebecca Emmett, Rebecca Emmett Employment, UK
Fabienne Arrighi, Barthélémy Avocats, France
Marija Gregoric, BABIC & PARTNERS Law Firm LLC, Croatia"
|13.30 – 15.00||GDPR today: who is still afraid of the big bad wolf?||Las Vegas Room|
|The General Data Protection Regulation EU 2016/679 (GDPR) came in with bells on. Concerned by the strengthened enforcement mechanisms and further-driven empowerment of data subjects, companies had to rethink how to handle personal data – also, their employee data. Now, one year after the GDPR’s point zero, it is time for a first ‘benefits vs. efforts’ assessment. How are employers handling and not handling their GDPR compliance? Did the supposedly insurmountable threat of data subject claims/requests and administrative fines actually manifested during the first GDPR year? Were employers confronted with a data subject request ‘boom’?
The goal of this session is to discuss how employers have addressed (reasonable and less reasonable) data subject requests, how they dealt with data protection in employment litigation, and how they implement(ed) the GDPR in practice. In addition, the panel members of the session will have a closer look at a number of indivertible implementation drawbacks and pitfalls, such as the use of biometric data of employees, employee consent and data retention periods for HR files.
Dr. Yung Shin Van Der Sype, Timelex, Belgium
Kathryn Dooks, Kemp Little, UK
José Miguel Mestre Vázquez, Sagardoy Abogados, Spain"
|15.00 – 15.30||Coffee break||foyer, 1st floor|
|II Parallel sessions:|
|15.30 – 17.00||Workshop on presentation skills – “Knowing yourself, being yourself and showing yourself”||Las Vegas Room|
|There is a lot to be said about improving presentation skills and one can easily spend days of hard work to become a better public speaker. In this short interactive workshop we will concentrate under the guidance of a well-known television and radio presenter and specialist in presentation and media training for all kinds of professionals on the fundamental idea of knowing yourself, being yourself and showing yourself.|
Roeland Kooijmans, Vostokmedia, the Netherlands
|15.30 – 17.00||Mental health issues at workplace||Ballroom 1|
|Mental ill health costs the EU billions every year and the equivalent individual, community, and societal costs are immeasurable.
On average people spend a third of their lives working. It is estimated that the proportion of the workforce in Europe that may be living with a mental health problem at any one time is up to two in five. In the EU it has been found that 15% of citizens have sought help for a psychological or emotional problem, with 72% having taken antidepressants.
Mental health poses a number of difficult challenges for employers, policymakers and individuals. It cannot be considered at the workplace in isolation, nor be addressed with a broad-brush response as issues vary with each individual. Moreover, mental well-being receives varying degrees of attention by both employers and at national government level, affected by culture, knowledge and resources among other factors. The potential to enhance mental health in the workplace is, however, increasingly being emphasised, and the relationship between employment law and mental health issues is developing.
Delegates will consider current initiatives, examine innovative approaches to promote mental health in the modern workplace and consider the relationship between mental well health issues and employment law. It promises to provide topical and thought-provoking debate. Delegates will:
Jonathan Simpson, A&L Goodbody, Northern Ireland
Fiona Scullion, WorkWise lead at MindWise NV
Bernard Jacob, Project manager and national coordinator of the mental health care, Belgian Federal Public Health Service"
|15.30 – 17.00||Whistleblowing and investigation - changing law and practical tips||Ballroom 2+3|
|This session will cover the new EU directive on whistleblower protection providing background to the directive and a presentation on the new rules, including commentary on how easy it will be to implement across member states. A short update on developments in whistleblowing regulation in Germany, France, Norway and UK will follow. The majority of the session will be spent on practical points to have regard to in running a whistleblowing investigation through the use of a case study which will be multi-jurisdictional and will involve discussion of topics including notifications to regulators, whistleblowing hotlines, preservation of anonymity, in-house approaches to whistleblowing investigations, the impact of GDPR and how to deal with retaliation.|
Caroline Stroud, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK
Dr. Timon Grau, Linklaters, Germany
Christel Mercade-Piqueras, European Commission, Belgium
Marit Berger Røsland, Equinor (former minister of European Affairs), Norway"
|19.30 – 02.00||Seaplane Harbour||Gala dinner||Seaplane Harbour|
Transfers from the venue Hilton Tallinn Park will be provided as of 18:30
Transfers from the Seaplane Harbour back to the Hilton Tallinn Park, Swissotel, Telegraaf and Radisson Blue will be provided as of 22:30
Dress code: business attire
Saturday, 25 May 2019
|07.00 – 08.00||Start from Hilton Tallinn Park||Morning jogging||foyer, ground floor|
|Start from Hilton Tallinn Park hotel foyer, ground floor|
|08.00 – 15.00||Hilton Tallinn Park||Registration open||foyer, 1st floor|
|09.00 – 14.00||Hilton Tallinn Park||Plenary sessions & General assembly|
|09.00 – 10.15||Update on the latest ECJ court practice||Ballroom|
|10.15 – 11.30||Brexit – impact on employment relations||Ballroom|
|This session considers Brexit and its impact on business and organisations. What are the key strategies employers have developed in anticipation of the disruption to their business planning? What existing contractual and policy solutions have been identified to facilitate the maximum flexibility for global organisations in deploying resources cross border. Practical immigration law solutions with existing deployment of employees between EU and non-EU countries. The application of EU law and principles pre and post Brexit and the harmonising of terms and conditions of employment.|
John Cronin, President of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce
Professor Catherine Barnard, Trinity College Cambridge
Christine Sullivan, Fragomen, Belgium
Dr. Björn Otto, CMS Hasche Sigle, Germany
Tijmen Noordoven, Rutgers & Posch, the Netherlands
|11.30 – 12.00||Coffee break||foyer, 1st floor|
|12.00 – 14.00||General assembly||Ballroom|
I. WELCOME AND OPENING
II. BOARD ELECTIONS IN 2019
Belgium; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Estonia; Finland; Hungary; Ireland; Slovakia; Switzerland; Croatia
III. REPORT OF THE BOARD 2018/2019
IV. PARTNERSHIP WITH EELC
V. NEXT EELA/ERA ANNUAL SEMINAR ON EUROPEAN LABOUR LAW
VI. APPROVAL OF THE EELA 2018 ACCOUNTS
VII. ANY OTHER ISSUES
IX. PRESENTATION OF HAMBURG 2020 CONFERENCE
|14.00 – 14.45||Hilton Tallinn Park||Conference over + Lunch to go||foyer, 1st floor|