Debra Gers Senior practice support lawyer

Photograph of Debra Gers

Contact Details

Debra is responsible for the firm’s public employment training programme, including the Breakfast Clubs and Summer Employment Law Workshop.   

Main areas of practice

Debra is a regular speaker at legal conferences and external events for organisations including ACAS, the CIPD, HPMA, HR Retail Circle and Welsh Government. She monitors key cases and legislative developments in both the UK and EU to provide legal updates and internal training on topical issues as well as future developments.

Debra is also responsible for writing employment law articles including newsletters, e-bulletins and tweets as well as providing the employment law content for the firm’s sector bulletins.  

Clients

Debra works closely with key sectors of the firm in the provision of employment training, particularly to Health, Social Housing, Further and Higher Education and Retail and Leisure clients.  

Significant experience 

Education

  • Provided training for Coleg Gwent, Gower College Swansea, General Teaching Council for Wales, Swansea University and Cardiff University.

Social Housing

  • Provided training for RCT, Taff Housing, Newport City Homes and housing associations.

Health and Social

  • Provided training for all Health Boards in Wales.
  • Guest speaker at HPMA Conferences and Betsi Cadwaladr’s Workforce and Development days.

Retail and Leisure

  • Regular speaker at the HR Retail Circle events in London.

Other expertise

  • Written miscellaneous press releases on topics such as sickness and annual leave, flexible working, age discrimination in goods and services, workplace stress and religious discrimination. 
  • Written various employment articles for the publications Business In Wales, Oxford Times, Western Mail, Corporate Live Wales, Practice Management and Personnel Today.  

Expertise

Debra’s Blog

Employment lawyer comments on maternity disclosure survey.

Blake Morgan's employment specialist, Debra Gers, comments on maternity disclosure survey.

New sexual harassment guidance launched

High profile news stories about sexual harassment show that it is a problem across all sectors and organisations regardless of size. Recently published guidance by ACAS and the Equality and Human Rights Commission will help employers

Age discrimination – be careful of unconscious bias

It's hard to imagine that it was only ten years ago that legislation was first introduced prohibiting age discrimination in the workplace with the implementation of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 on 1 October 2006.

Articles by Debra

Suspending an employee from work

Article

A recent Court of Appeal decision provides useful guidance for employers and held that there is no breach of the implied term of trust and confidence where there is reasonable and proper cause to suspend an employee from work pending investigations.

Supreme Court rules on disclosure of past convictions

News

The government will have to consider making changes to the rules on criminal records disclosure following the Supreme Court's decision that certain elements of the disclosure provisions are in breach of Art. 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

How flexible are you?

Article

Whether you are a millennial, baby boomer or generation X, or a working parent or not, flexible working is a benefit attractive to all ages and a government Task Force has been set up to promote its implementation.

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Speaking Engagements

Employment Club Seminar - March 14
Southampton

Come and join us at our Employment Club Seminar in Swansea on 14 March.

Employment Club Seminar - Dec 6 Swansea
Southampton

Come and join us at our Employment Club Seminar in Swansea on 6 December.

Employment Club Seminar - Dec 4 Cardiff
Southampton

Come and join us at our Employment Club Seminar in Cardiff on 4 December.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Corporate Governance Regulations: are you ready to report?

New Corporate Governance rules from January this year affect not just quoted companies, but companies with more than 250 employees, with an increased requirement for directors to report on on a variety of matters.

Supreme Court rules on meaning of ‘unfavourable treatment’

Matthew Smith discusses a recent Supreme Court decision that confirmed a common-sense approach to the meaning of ‘unfavourable treatment’ under section 15 of the Equality Act 2010.

Suspending an employee from work

A recent Court of Appeal decision provides useful guidance for employers and held that there is no breach of the implied term of trust and confidence where there is reasonable and proper cause to suspend an employee from work pending investigations.

Guide: Our workplace mediation service

Do you have conflict in the workplace that takes up your valuable time and has a damaging effect on team performance?

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