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BEERG Bytes #29 - Brexit 9 months on…


Knowing Me Knowing EU - Ep01 Sept 2022
Knowing Me Knowing EU is a new monthly BEERG Bytes stream which will look at developments in the European Union of particular interest to HR professionals. In this first episode of the series Tom Hayes looks at several important EU legislative initiative that are in the pipeline and will have particular interests for those working in labour relations. This Podcast is based on Tom's most recent BEERG Perspective paper.
October 03, 2022
BEERG Byte #42: Is Collective Bargaining Making A Comeback?
In this episode Tom Hayes and Rick Warters discuss ideas around unionisation and collective bargaining. These are topics that will be explored in details at these upcoming BEERG/HR Policy Global training events: in October (in person) and in December (online program) 
August 07, 2022
BEERG Byte #41 - LR Developments in UK
In this episode Tom Hayes chats with Vince Toman and David Hopper of Lewis Silkin LLP about UK legal developments, including the aftermath of the P&O Ferry dispute; the decision in the Tesco “fire and rehire” case, and the government law change to allow companies to bring in agency workers to replace striking employees. They also discuss the now complicated law about “final offers” in collective bargaining and when an employer can go directly to the workforce and wonder if a new Prime Minister might try to make it even more difficult for unions to strike.
July 26, 2022
Supply Chain Due Diligence
In this BEERG Byte Tom Hayes chats with Auret Van Heerden about how companies can meet the due diligence expectations of the supply chain laws in a way that is scalable and affordable.
July 21, 2022
BEERG Byte #39 – EWC Agreements study + German developments
In the latest BEERG Byte #39 Tom Hayes chats with Dr Gerlind Wisskirchen, of C/M/S/-HS about a recent study her labour law team conducted on the content of EWC agreements.  The survey looked at country of jurisdiction, the number of representatives of EWCs, employee thresholds for EWC seats, budgets for experts, amongst other things. They also discuss the new German Whistleblowing legislation, and the agenda of the SDP/FDP/Green government. It is available as a Videocast on YouTube
April 27, 2022
BEERG Bytes #38 – P&O Ferries Saga
BEERG's Tom Hayes chats with David Hopper and Vince Toman of Lewis Silkin about the controversy arising for P&O ferries decision to make 800 UK based seafarers redundant.  The discussion was recorded on March 25th one day after a UK Parliamentary committee hearing where MPs took the P&O management to task over their actions and questioned UK ministers on their response, specifically lacunas in the UK’s laws, which the UK government says it will speedily address.
March 25, 2022
BEERG Byte #36 - Remote Working Issues
In this first BEERG Byte of 2022 , Tom chats with Philip Bickerstaffe, an experienced labour relations leader, with a successful career on the union and management side.  Philip believes the current conversation on remote/hybrid working excludes a huge part of the workforce, those who cannot take advantage of its benefits. Philip wrote an excellent post on his topic on LinkedIn. Tom and Philip discuss what, if anything, we can offer to those who can’t share the benefits of remote working, what is the differentiator?
January 17, 2022
BEERG Bytes #35 – IR in Northern Ireland today
We know Northern Ireland from its troubled past and the current argument over the NI Protocol… but does Northern Ireland have a distinct IR culture? Is that different from the rest of the UK? What might the Protocol mean for IR in NI? Would NI legislation be very different from that of the UK? What about the Equality Directives? What about Data Adequacy? Tom is joined by Ciara Fulton of Lewis Silkin LLP and Mark McAllister of the Northern Ireland the Labour Relations Agency, to discuss these issues
November 16, 2021
BEERG Bytes #33 – Italy's “Green Pass” workplace system
Tom is joined by Lea Rossi and Marco Sideri, partners in the law firm, Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo e Soci, to discuss the “Green Pass” obligation on employees, introduced last Friday in Italy.  The pass, accessed via an App, shows if the person has met one of three criteria. It is a Green/Red (yes/no) system. The criteria are: 1. has the required Covid vaccination(s), 2. recovered from Covid-19 within the past 6 months, or 3. has a negative swab test taken in the past 48-72 hours. The App does not indicate which criteria was matched, just that the person has matched one and is able to enter the workplace. Recorded Oct 18th 2021
October 18, 2021
BEERG Bytes #32 with Pernille Rudlin
Tom is joined by Pernille Rudlin, an expert on Japanese industry in the UK and EU, to discuss how Japanese companies have responded to Brexit, tracing the progress of UK/EU/Japanese trade relations from Margaret Thatcher’s promotion of Britain as a Japanese gateway to the EU in the early 1980’s, through to the present day. This is also available as a videocast at
October 04, 2021
BEERG Bytes #30 - German Election Results
In this episode Tom discusses the recent German election with Dr Fabian Zuleeg, CEO of the European Policy Centre in Brussels. They consider the possible policy changes you might see from a traffic light coalition government comprising the Red (SPD), Yellow (FDP) and Green (The Greens) parties. 
September 30, 2021
BEERG Bytes #31 - Coping with working from home
Tom is joined by Stuart Worker of Stuart is a leadership development coach, specialising in human motivation and team dynamics. Tom and Stuart talk about the health, safety and psychological issues that arose over the past 18 months of working from home.This is the first of two conversations with Stuart. The next one will focus on the problems we can expect to see arise from hybrid working.
September 30, 2021
BEERG Bytes #29 - Brexit 9 months on…
Tom Hayes is joined by Vince Toman and Stephen O’Flaherty of Lewis Silkin LLP to discuss the impact of Brexit on labour relations issues across the UK, particularly Northern Ireland. The conversation looks at issues around: the Northern Ireland Protocol; the end of Freedom of Movement and the position of EWCs in the UK.
September 28, 2021
BEERG Bytes #28 with Auret Van Heerden
Tom Hayes is joined by Auret van Heerden a labour rights expert and founder/CEO of Equiception, a consultancy  specialising in sustainable supply chains, corporate social responsibility and workers’ rights. They discuss the requirement for companies to report what they are doing to prevent modern forms of forced labour and how HR data may be used in conducting remote human rights due diligence. 
July 28, 2021
Beerg Byte Podcast - Taking Stock July 2021
As we prepare for the European August holidays… I was going to say shutdown, but shutdown has taken on a new meaning over the past year… I thought it might be useful to try and take stock of the European-level employment and labour relations issues that BEERG member companies will face when we resume in September.
July 27, 2021
BEERG Bytes #26 with Prof Tom Kochan (HD)
Tom Hayes chats with with Tom Kochan, professor of industrial relations, work and employment, at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In this edition, the two Toms discuss the current state of US industrial relations. They explore whether the system is broken, if it can be fixed and what the future holds for U.S. industrial relations. Recorded May 26th 2021
May 29, 2021
BEERG Bytes #26 with Prof Tom Kochan
Tom Hayes chats with with Tom Kochan, professor of industrial relations, work and employment, at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In this edition, the two Toms discuss the current state of US industrial relations. They explore whether the system is broken, if it can be fixed and what the future holds for U.S. industrial relations. Recorded May 26th 2021
May 26, 2021
BEERG Bytes #25 - Axel Voss MdEP on GDPR
Tom Hayes discusses GDPR reform with the EPP's spokesperson on data privacy in the European Parliament, Axel Voss (CDU Germany). Mr Voss will shortly be publishing detailed reforms to update and modernise GDPR to take account of developments in digital technology and to make GDPR less cumbersome for both businesses and citizens. 
May 03, 2021
BEERG Bytes #24 - Anne Hill on HR
Anne Hill believes there has never been a better time for people to get into HR.  Tom Hayes chats with Anne, whose career has spanned 2 continents, 3 industries and working with Fortune 500 companies. They discuss her experience as a senior CHRO and her thoughts on the future for HR.
April 28, 2021
BEERG Bytes #23 - Negotiating skills
Tom Hayes examines the critical importance of knowing how to negotiate. He reflects on what he has learned in 50 years as a negotiator, especially what he was taught when starting out as a young trade union official in Dublin. He also analyzes the UK's approach to the Brexit talks as a case study of what not to do. 
April 21, 2021
BEERG Bytes #22 - Irish govt reviews collective bargaining and industrial relations structures
In this podcast, Tom Hayes talks about the Irish government's review of collective bargaining and industrial relations structures in Ireland, as announced at the of March. Looks at the background to the review and the issues it can be expected to consider. There is also a BEERG Perspectives paper to accompany this podcast.   
April 06, 2021
BEERG Bytes #21 - German unions' legal communication rights
Tom chats with german labour lawyer, Dr Buckard Goepfert about the legal right of German trade unions to digitally communicate with members and potential members.  
March 30, 2021
BEERG Bytes #20 - Social Media and Fake News
Tom chats with Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, about disinformation and digital hate on social media.
March 18, 2021
BEERG Bytes #14
Tom Hayes chats with Annemarie Muntz, MD Global Public Affairs with Randstad and President of the World Employment Confederation about the future of work with, and after, Covid-19. Annemarie says the future of work is now and that the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated this evolution, not created it. Recorded in Sept 2020
February 22, 2021
BEERG Bytes #15
Tom Hayes chats with Chris Herd founder and CEO of Firstbase about the issues associated with moving to remote working and/or hybrid working. This episode was recorded in October 2020.
February 22, 2021
BEERG Bytes #19
Tom chats with Laura Bougourd and Niamh Crotty, real estate and employment lawyers with Lewis Silkin LLP about their  recent article, entitled: Reimagining the office of the future: How 2020 has changed our working lives and how we view our offices.
February 22, 2021
BEERG Bytes #18
Tom Hayes discusses how Brexit is going so far with UK trade policy expert David Henig.  
January 22, 2021
BEERG Bytes #17
Tom discusses Brexit and its implications for Northern Ireland and the UK with Baroness Margaret Ritchie, an independent member of the House of Lords.
November 20, 2020
BEERG Bytes #16
Tom Hayes is joined by Iñigo Sagardoy de Simón from Sagardoy Abogados and Oriol Abello from HP to discuss the Spanish government’s Royal Decree 901/2020 which requires companies with more than 50 employees to draw up and negotiate equality plans.
November 07, 2020