JeCC Winter Seminar series launches with Discrimination Law debate

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Jersey Construction Council is launching its 2014 Winter Seminar Series with a debate centred around the scheduled Discrimination Law. Run in conjunction with Mourant Ozannes, the series will tackle a number of issues key to members of the Construction Industry.

The first seminar will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel on the 20th February. Speakers on the panel have been selected for their knowledge and expertise on the implications for business of this change in the law. Three experts will form a panel and will be led by specialist employment and discrimination lawyer, Advocate Helen Ruelle of Mourant Ozannes. She will be joined by Patricia Rowan, Senior Advisory and Conciliation Officer, JACS and Malcolm Ferey, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Bureau.

The 2014 seminar series follows the success of last year, which saw over 150 delegates attend four events. These covered areas such Health and Safety, Employment Law, Energy and Sustainability and Insurance.

The first seminar in the series will consider the wide impact of the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 that will come into force later this year. The new legislation is wide-ranging and will place new obligations on employers who must be aware of their responsibilities. However, the legislation is not limited to the employment context and will, for example, also apply to those providing goods and services to third parties. It is therefore, important that businesses are fully aware of all aspects of this new law.

During the session, Helen will provide an overview of the new discrimination legislation and will pose questions to the speakers. She will challenge some of their views and invite the audience to question the panel with regard to how the new legislation will operate in practice and what actions will need to be taken by employers in preparation for its implementation.

Helen Ruelle comments, ” Mourant Ozannes is delighted once again to be involved in the popular JeCC winter seminar series. We thoroughly enjoyed the active debate at the sessions last year and I am very much looking forward to leading this year’s thought-provoking and topical sessions (as well as the bacon rolls!)”

Martin Holmes, Chairman of the Jersey Construction Council commented: “The first winter seminar series proved to be a significant draw for both our members and those connected to the Construction Industry. With a number of topics coming to the fore again this year we regard our seminar series as an annual event that allows the Industry to question the experts and discuss issues that have real impact for their businesses day to day. We are looking forward to the debates that will be aired over the coming months.”

The first seminar is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel on the 20th February. Doors open at 7:30 am for an 8:00am start. Tickets can be booked and purchased online from

The next seminar in the series will cover the live topic Control of Housing and Work Law, 20th March, which will tackle issues that are challenging the Construction Industry as the new Control of Housing and Work Law takes effect ,assessing the legislative change from the perspective of business licensing and focusing on off-island consultants and contractors being used in the Island. The third seminar in the series, 30th April, will cover Health and Safety in the workplace – Are we making progress?

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