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Homeworking - Gillian MacLellan, CMS

Homeworking - Gillian MacLellan, CMS In the spotlight of Covid-19, how do you contend with employee requests to work 100% from home; they've shown they can do it, but it just isn't what you want right now?

Non-attendance - Noele McClelland, Thorntons

Non-attendance - Noele McClelland, Thorntons When is it reasonable to proceed with a disciplinary or formal and decide to dismiss an employee in their absence, e.g. because of repeated non-attendance of scheduled meetings and suspected manipulation?

Performance - David Walker, Morton Fraser

Performance - David Walker, Morton Fraser Is there a creative way of going beyond a performance plan, when faced by employees who aren't quite good enough; they aren't bad, but others don't value them, and you know you can hire better?

Social media - Jack Boyle, Blackadders

Social media - Jack Boyle, Blackadders Using grey area examples, where is the line between an employee's personal life and bringing the organisation into disrepute, e.g. inappropriate comments or behaviour on Facebook or TikTok?

Mental health - Paul Fontes, Eversheds Sutherland

Mental health - Paul Fontes, Eversheds Sutherland If you're facing short-term and sporadic absences because of mental health, how do you balance the competing considerations of support to the individual with business needs and HR objectives?

Variations - Dr. Totis Kotsonis, Pinsent Masons

Variations - Dr. Totis Kotsonis, Pinsent Masons With contracting authorities forced to push the envelope, is Covid-19 going to help with "leniency" over acceptable contract variations and extensions?

Differential treatment - Fiona Scolding QC, Landmark Chambers

Differential treatment - Fiona Scolding QC, Landmark Chambers Is there a shift in the wind over the "objective justification" of differential treatment, e.g. use and evaluation of variants, incumbents, presentations, interviews?

Exclusion - Fionnuala McCredie QC, Keating Chambers

Exclusion - Fionnuala McCredie QC, Keating Chambers How do you control - and overcome - the complexities of excluding a bidder from a procurement process on discretionary grounds or for non-compliance, following the rail franchising litigation?

Brexit - Jonathan Davey, Addleshaw Goddard

Brexit - Jonathan Davey, Addleshaw Goddard What is the plan for procurement and state aid going forward, post-Brexit, including the impact of UK accession to WTO GPA?

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