February 2011

Michael Foster was guest speaker at the first of a series of Learning Lunches orgainsed by Ten Sixty Six Enterprise. Michael Foster has been a solicitor for 30 years, but as he puts it himself, he took a sabbatical for 13 years to represent the constituency in Westminster! His specialism is employment law and he used the lunchtime session to talk about equality and diversity and what the new Equality Act will mean to local businesses. Michael said: “I hope everyone got a flavour of the Equality Act and better understands the law in this area and what the pitfalls are. The cost of getting it wrong can be ruinous.

Whilst claims for unfair dismissal can now amount to more than £80,000, the compensation for a claim of discrimination is unlimited.” The Learning Lunches will be scheduled throughout 2011 with key issues of interest to businesses being discussed and debated at each one. Business Services Manager at Ten Sixty Six Enterprise, Sean Dennis, said: “I thank Michael for making our first learning lunch so successful.

His presentation was really informative and helpful for the business people who attended and certainly highlighted a number of points that must be better understood.”

For details of other learning lunches currently being planned please contact [email protected] or call

Stephen on 01424 205512.