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Tuesday, June 06, 2006
News: Beachcroft launches online employment law training


Press Release: 6 June 2006

Beachcroft launches online employment law training for business managers

Beachcroft LLP, the national commercial law firm, is launching a range of online employment law courses designed for business managers and staff across the Midlands. The comprehensive suite of courses has been designed in response to a raft of new legislation, and an increasing demand by employers for legal training - as part of their people development programmes and also to help defend claims, such as sex and (from October) age discrimination.

The training was developed in partnership with internet training specialist Absolutely Training and is designed to promote confidence in dealing with those aspects of employment law that affect day-to-day working life and most frequently give rise to uncertainty and legal liabilities, such as discrimination, managing stress and handling grievances.

As the training is web-based, it offers employers the ability to train large numbers of staff consistently and cost-effectively across multiple locations. The short courses are undertaken by staff at their desks or from home via the Beachcroft elearning website. They take the user through a series of interactive exercises and illustrations, providing managers with practical guidance on a range of employment issues. At the end of the course, the user can take a patented, randomised course test to check their understanding.

Martin Cannon, Beachcroft's regional senior partner in Birmingham commented: "An employer can be sued for compensation if one of its employees, for example, harasses another, but a defence is available to employers who can show that they have taken all reasonably practicable steps to prevent discrimination in the workplace.

The effective training of managers and staff in equal opportunities and acceptable standards of behaviour in the workplace will assist employers wishing to establish a "reasonable steps" defence to discrimination claims. Our elearning packages ensure that an organisation achieves full staff coverage in its training and also includes a reporting function that means it can prove what actions have been taken to educate the workforce."

Modules available from 5 June include 'Age Discrimination' and 'Equal Opportunities in the Workplace'. The elearning modules add to the range of other employment training services Beachcroft currently offers, such as in-house workshops and web-cast seminars.


For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editor
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in four main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); and technology, media and telecommunications.

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, recognised 56 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in Legal 500 2005, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and Beachcroft is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

The Birmingham office currently includes 11 partners and 174 staff. Its partners have particular expertise in construction and engineering, injury risk, PFI/ projects, procurement, and professional negligence. The firm also has a specialist claims validation team which deals with all aspects of fraud work, including motor, employer liability and public liability.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk

Absolutely Training (www.absolutelytraining.com )
Absolutely is at the forefront of the training industry. Developing cutting edge e-training programmes and training software. Their courses can be backed up with classroom training and relevant online and offline training materials. Over 150,000 employees from the UK's leading companies take their courses each year.

Absolutely Training currently partners with many of the UK's best known trade bodies such as the BBA, CML and ifs.


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