HR Policy Global
In-Person Training

European Employee Relations Academy

The European Union’s labour and employment legal framework is evolving rapidly. Change is happening, and fast. There is a need to think and plan ahead. 

For companies with an EWC this is all the more urgent, given the changes to the Directive recently proposed by the Commission. While the changes still have to be agreed by the legislators, the direction of travel is clear. Article 13 agreements are at high risk. Information and consultation, especially in exceptional circumstances, will become more formalised and may take longer. The Commission is also proposing an enhanced role for experts in the work of EWCs, potentially handing more power to increasingly unrepresentative trade unions.

At the same time, other legislation will impose new information and consultations obligations on management, and we will see demands from EWCs to be involved in these processes, especially in regard to due diligence in global supply and value chains. While the vast majority of employees may be disinterested in these matters, they will catch the attention of activists and external advocacy groups happy to offer external “expertise”.

Agreed, or soon to be agreed, are:

  • Laws on corporate due diligence.

  • The Pay Transparency Directive.

  • Information and Consultation on the use of AI/Algorithms in HR decision making (AI Act and the Platform Workers Directive).

  • The proposed revision of the European Works Council Directive.

  • The Adequate Minimum Wage Directive – with an indicator of 80% collective bargaining coverage in EU Member States.

Presenters at our Sitges April program will examine in detail what this suite of legal changes will mean for the management of employee and labour relations in multinational companies with operations in Europe. The program will focus on what you can and should be doing now.

View a detailed program here.

The program will be led by Tom Hayes and Alan Wild from HR Policy Global. 

The program team will also include:

  • Auret Van Heerden of Equiception, one of the leading experts on due diligence processes.

  • Bryan Dunne from Matheson, one of Ireland’s major law firms. Bryan advises many of our member companies on EWCs working under Irish law.

  • Chris Engels and Inger Verhelst from the Belgium law firm, Claeys and Engles, on what companies need to be doing now to prepare for the Pat Transparency Directive.

  • Deirdre Crowley, also from Matheson, on what new AI laws, and their interaction with health and safety and data protections laws, mean for management.

Tuesday, April 16 2024 12:00 PM - Thursday, April 18 2024 03:00 PM | Time Zone - Europe/Paris (GMT+02:00)
Hotel Estella, Sitges Spain 8 Av. del Port d'Aiguadolç,, Sitges, Barcelona, , 08870


Tuesday, April 16 – 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CET

Wednesday, April 17 – 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CET

Thursday, April 18 – 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM CET


Deirdre Crowley

Partner, Matheson LLP

Bryan Dunne

Partner, Head of Employment Practice, Matheson, Ireland

Chris Engels

Senior Partner, Claeys & Engels

Tom Hayes

Director of European Union and Global Labor Affairs, HR Policy Association

Auret van Heerden

Founder and CEO, Equiception

Inger Verhelst

Partner, Antwerp, Claeys & Engels

Alan Wild

Senior Advisor, Global Employee Relations, HR Policy Association