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CONFERENCE: "The 21st Century Workplace”, Nairobi, Kenya

Start:
February 24, 2017 - 7:30am
End:
February 24, 2017 - 6:30pm
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UTC+03:00
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The 21st Century Workplace
Hot Topics in Labour & Employment Law in Africa and the Middle East

The Intercontinental Hotel City Hall Way, City Square Nairobi, Kenya


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Event Agenda

Friday, 24th February

7:30-8:00  

Registration/Check-in

Coffee/Tea/Pastries
     
8:00– 8:15  

Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Stephen Hirschfeld, CEO
Director Employment Law Alliance
San Francisco, CA
Sonal Sejpal
Anjarwalla & Khanna
Nairobi, Kenya
     
8:15 – 8:45   Keynote:  “Doing Business in Africa: A Multinational Perspective”  
Jay Ireland, President & CEO GE Africa
     
8:45 – 10.15   Employment Law Trends Across Africa and the Middle East

This panel discussion will provide practical insight on the hottest trends in Labour and Employment Law throughout the region.

Moderator: 
Ben Brown
Clyde & Co, United Arab Emirates

Panel:

Aisha Abdallah
Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya
 
Mary Ekemezie
Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Nigeria
 
Ernest Sembatya
MMAKS Advocates, Uganda
 
Lusanda Raphulu
Bowmans, South Africa
 
Pnina Broder
Naschitz Brandes Amir, Israel
 
     
10:15 – 10:30    Coffee Break
     
10:30 – 11:45   What HR Issues are Keeping You up at Night?
Panellists in this segment will include HR executives from leading multinational corporations with a significant presence throughout Africa and the Middle East. This lively discussion will provide insight into the most challenging issues these companies face.  Representative from the following companies will participate in this panel: General Electric, Google, Citibank, Coca Cola, Jumia, and Uber.
Moderator:
Sonal Sejpal,

Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya
     
11:45 - 12:45  

The Challenges of Social Media in the Workplace 

The exploding growth of social media is changing the landscape of how businesses communicate.   While this technology provides unprecedented marketing opportunities, it can also create workplace stressors and HR and legal conflicts.  This session will review the most common  problems  facing  employers  including  unauthorized employee   blogging   about   workplace   disputes,   employee   and customer harassment, improper dissemination of trade secrets and confidential information and the like. This panel will examine HR's role in regulating this behavior and offer insight on implementing a social media policy that will withstand legal scrutiny.

Moderator: 

Stephen Hirschfeld
CEO
Employment Law Alliance
San Francisco, CA

Panel:
Mohamed Oulkhouir
CWA Morocco, Morocco
Ben Brown
Clyde & Co, United Arab Emirates
Mary Ekemezie
Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Nigeria
Google HR Executive 
     
12:45 – 13:45   Lunch
     
13:45 – 14:45  

Labour and Employment Law Issues Triggered by M&A Transactions

These business deals often raise numerous workplace challenges ranging  from  the  legal  impact  of  downsizing  and  redundancies  to trade union disputes. In some cases, workers are seeking injunctions in an effort to halt these transactions unless and until their concerns have been addressed.  Anticipating the types of contractual provisions necessary to address all HR issues and proactive planning as part of the due diligence process can dramatically impact the deal's ultimate success.

Moderator: 
Mohamed Oulkhouir
CWA Morocco, Morocco

Panel
Rosa Nduati-Mutero
Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya
Lusanda Raphulu
Bowmans, South Africa
 
Pnina Broder
Naschitz Brandes Amir, Israel
 
     
14:45 – 15:45  

Employment Terminations: From Misconduct to Redundancies

This panel will focus on a wide variety of legal issues stemming from employment  terminations  whether  due  to  employee  wrongdoing, work performance, voluntary and involuntary retirements, and work force reductions and redundancies. We will provide practical tips on how to minimize legal fallout.

Moderator:
Lusanda Raphulu
Bowmans, South Africa

Panel:
Ernest Sembatya
MMAKS Advocates, Uganda
 
Mary Ekemezie
Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Nigeria
Elieser Corte Real
Fátima Freitas Advogados
Miranda Alliance: Angola
     
15:45 – 16:00   Coffee Break
     
16:00 – 16:45  

Immigration and Perceived Discrimination in Favour or Against Foreign Employees

Most multinationals hire expatriates especially for senior management roles. Local  employees often believe  –  rightly or wrongly  –  that expats are offered more favourable employment terms and conditions. Immigration laws and government officials are increasingly focusing on ways to reduce the number of work permits in an effort to help protect local jobs. Panelists will provide their perspective on how they have advised businesses to deal with these issues.

Moderator:

Pnina Broder
Naschitz Brandes Amir, Israel

Panel:
Ben Brown
Clyde & Co, United Arab Emirates
 
Shamiza Ratansi
ATZ Law Chambers, Tanzania
 
Mesfin Tafesse
Mesfin Tafesse & Associates, Ethiopia
     
16:45 – 17:00   General Q&A Session
     
17:00 – 17:30  

Closing Remarks

Nduma Nderi, Principal Judge
Employment and Labour Relations Court 

     
17:00 – 18:30   Cocktails