Final Programme

Final Programme

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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.  
      Session leader
Patrick Benaroche, Stikeman Elliott, Canada

Panel members
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.  
      Session leader
Inge Vanderreken, Allen & Overy, Belgium

Panel members
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  
      Session leader
Sophie Maes, Claeys & Engels, Belgium

Panel members
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.
      Session leader
Dr. Yung Shin Van Der Sype, Timelex, Belgium

Panel members
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:
  • Gain an insight into current initiatives, research and proposals
  • Increase awareness about the relationship of mental health and well-being to the workplace
  • Examine innovative programmes for promoting mental health and well-being at work
  • Discuss the interaction between employment law and mental health
      Session leader
Jonathan Simpson, A&L Goodbody, Northern Ireland

Panel members
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.  
      Session leader
Caroline Stroud, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK

Panel members
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.  
      Session leader
John Cronin, President of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce

Panel members
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 
Belgium; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Estonia; Finland; Hungary; Ireland; Slovakia; Switzerland; Croatia
14.00 – 14.45   Hilton Tallinn Park Conference over + Lunch to go foyer, 1st floor
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