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Employment Law and Industrial Relations

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In a constantly changing, knowledge based and conflict prone national and global economy managing employer-employee relations is so critical on so many levels. Getting the best out of human capital is critical to creation of value and winning against competition. Society is becoming more legal rights conscious, regulations and legal trip wires are steadily exploding. Employment relations framework in Nigeria has become legal rights based and more litigious with the enhancement of the National Industrial Court’s jurisdiction. Therefore, employers today are faced with intricate labor and employment concerns that require knowledgeable guidance. Understanding the legal issues affecting your workplace has become a critical success factor in determining the health of your organization. All managers, not just HR managers need to be acquainted with employment law and relations practice. Lawyers involved in the employment relationship also require continuous education to keep updated on changing norms, laws and advanced practical legal strategies, including the developing jurisprudence of the National Industrial Court with its tilt towards upholding global best practices.

This new three-day seminar is designed purposely to equip participants with advanced practical and practitioner focused capabilities to strategically navigate the law and management inter phase but to familiarize you with basic practice and procedure of industrial relations and in the National Industrial Court.

Key Learning Objectives

At the end of this programme, participants on this programme will be able to:

  • Develop proactive labour and employment practices and policies
  • Negotiate agreements with organized labour and employee groups
  • Ensure compliance with established and emerging labour and employment laws
  • Craft practical advanced defense strategies for winning employment litigation
  • Resolve internal disputes, whenever and wherever they arise

Programme Curriculum

  • Legal Framework – Fair work Systems
  • The Employment Contract
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Discrimination and Diversity
  • Workplace investigations, grievance procedures
  • Termination of employment
  • Employee/Industrial Relations principles, practices and law
  • Enterprise/Labour negotiations and collective bargaining
  • Negotiations Role Play
  • Practice and procedure in the National Industrial Relations Court
  • Enterprise, employment and regulation in the digital economy
  • Ethics considerations for employers and their counsel

Who should attend

The programme is designed to benefit the following groups:

  • In-house counsel
  • Heads of legal departments
  • Practicing lawyers
  • Senior corporate counsel and advisers
  • HR, Industrial and Employee Relations Managers
  • Company secretaries


Fabian Ajogwu is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and currently a professor of Corporate Governance at Lagos Business School, where he has been teaching Business Law, Negotiation and Corporate Governance for well over 16 years. He has written over 10 books, published numerous articles in peer-r...
Prior to his faculty appointment, Uche Attoh served on the Industrial Arbitration Panel, where, following a Federal appointment, he had for 8 years presided/participated in Tribunals constituted for the purpose of adjudicating over Trade Disputes and Labour-Management Conflict in accordance with ...
Olawale Ajai is a professor of legal, social and political environment of business. He is the Director of Research, an author and co-author of several books and many learned articles. He has also drafted federal and state legislations. He benefited from business, community and inter-personal neg...


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