In a rapidly evolving landscape, it can be difficult to stay up to date on the latest changes to EU and Irish employment law. Make it easier by joining us for the annual CIPD Employment Law seminar.

You'll hear about all the latest developments, assess your level of compliance, and strategically prioritise tasks for the upcoming year. This vital seminar is your platform to elevate your approach beyond employee entitlements – letting you shape an enhanced organisational culture. 

In partnership with
ByrneWallace LLP

We are delighted to be partnering again with the experts from the Employment Law team at ByrneWallace LLP. The team will share their extensive experience and insights to keep you up to speed in this rapidly changing area. 

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Taking place on 1 February at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, we’ll bring together a range of legal experts from ByrneWallace LLP, experienced people practitioners and progressive employers to share new insights and learnings on:  

  • The implications of EU legislation on AI and digitalisation for the people profession  
  • Recent legal changes and case law, including statutory sick pay, collective bargaining, protected disclosures, retirement and pensions 
  • Implementation challenges arising from the Regulations on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions, particularly probation 
  • Work-life balance legislation and implementation dynamics, covering flexible and remote working and the recent domestic abuse leave entitlement
  • Independent contracting and the Supreme Court’s new five factor test  
  • Gender pay gap reporting and the incoming EU Pay Transparency Directive 

This seminar provides a collaborative forum, fostering a day of learning, sense-checking, and networking with industry peers. Gain essential tools for reflection and forward planning, positioning your organisation on a solid foundation as you commence 2024.


Expert practitioners

Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland

Mary Connaughton is passionate about developing people and workplaces to be at their best.

Mary leads the growth, development and contribution of the people profession in Ireland.  She pushes forward the CIPD agenda of people, wellbeing, inclusion and flexible working through research, policy and member engagement.  She has a wealth of HR experience, supporting individuals and companies on the strategic people agenda, HR practice and organisation development. Previously she headed up HR Development at employers’ group Ibec, consulted widely across the public and private sector and held organisation development roles in the financial and consulting sectors.

Mary is on the Boards of the Public Appointments Service and the Retirement Planning Council and represents the people profession in Ireland at the European Association of People Management. 

Meg Dunphy, HR Policy and Engagement Manager, CIPD Ireland

Meg is an experienced HR professional, previously working in HRBP roles for Irish public sector and global enterprises.  She has a passion for showing the impact of the people profession through creating positive workplace culture.  She is qualified to Masters level and is a lifelong learner in the field of people management.    

Meg chaired the CIPD Southeast committee in Ireland for four years. During that time, she built strong networks providing key learning events and networking opportunities within her region and on the national committee. She began her role as HR Policy and Engagement Manager in August 2022, where she creates value for CIPD customers through the annual calendar of engagement, developing relationships with key stakeholders and wider business community.  

Karen Hackett, Head of People Experience, Corporate Development and HR, PTSB

Karen is an experienced HR Leader who has worked in the Financial Services sector since 1988, starting her career in Banking with Trustee Savings Bank, and moving into HR in 1999. Karen has worked across a number of HR briefs in Irish Life since 2001 and Permanent TSB since 2013. She was appointed Head of People Experience in Permanent TSB in 2020 having previously held the role of Head of HR Operations in Permanent TSB since 2013.

Karen has a passion for driving connection to organisational purpose through Cultural Evolution, Workforce Engagement, Stakeholder Management and collaboration with Employee Resource Groups to enable a diverse and inclusive high performing organisation. Karen has been at the forefront of Permanent TSB’s new Ways of Working Programme since 2020, championing Permanent TSB’s ‘Hybrid Workplace’. She has successfully led the HR People and Culture stream of a transformative acquisition of portfolios from Ulster Bank to Permanent TSB in 2022.  Karen is a member of the IOB, having being awarded Culture Champion, 2023 by the IOB. Karen is a Fellow of the CIPD and has a passion for continuing professional development and education, having completed a Master’s in Business Studies through IMI/UCC (2020) specialising in Strategic HRM, Leadership and OD & Transformation.

Joyce Rigby Jones, Co-Managing Director, Voltedge Management

Currently the Managing Director of Voltedge Management, a leading Irish HR and Management Consultancy, Joyce has extensive experience in Human Resources management, strategy and organisational development. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of CIPD Ireland Ltd. Joyce set up Voltedge following many years in senior HR positions in multinational corporates and European start-ups and is passionate about the alignment of HR with business strategy, addressing complex business issues, and providing HR advice to leaders.

Caroline McGrotty, Employment Manager, AHEAD

Caroline McGrotty is the Employment Manager with AHEAD overseeing its projects on inclusive employment one of which is The WAM Programme, a graduate level work placement programme with the public and private sector. Caroline has worked for AHEAD since 2012 and has over 15 years’ experience of working and volunteering within the disability sector and various organisations within the Deaf community. 

Deirdre Miller, Barrister-at-Law

Deirdre is a practising barrister with a general practice and a particular interest in EU law, and data protection and privacy law. Deirdre has worked as a data protection officer at a public sector body (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), a commercial semi state organisation (Bord na Móna), as a legal counsel specialising in data protection at a law firm (ByrneWallace) and professional services firm (KPMG). Deirdre has also delivered training and talks on data protection. 

Deirdre served on the board of a non-governmental organisation with a focus on privacy, including a 2-year term as chair, and is currently serving as a charity trustee. Deirdre is a member of AI and Data Working Group of the Confederation of European Data Protection Organisations (CEDPO), and the Executive Committee of the Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO), the Irish network for data protection officers. 

Deirdre has over 8 years’ experience in corporate governance and data protection, Deirdre is adept at applying risk management approaches to data protection issues. 


Hannah Wayte, Project Lead Trainer, Women’s Aid

Hannah steers the Women’s Aid Employer Engagement Programme, a specialist service for employers with the aim of creating supportive and safe workplace environments for victim-survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Hannah has worked in training and development since 2009 with a particular interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion. She holds a MSc in Equality Studies with a research focus on the effective implementation of domestic violence leave in Ireland. 

Additional support to manage Domestic Violence and Reasonable Accommodation in the workplace

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