Human Resource Management & Employment Law

Programme Summary

Human Resource Management in organizations is greatly influenced by legislation governing employment issues. Indeed, employment legislation alone regulates a number of core Human Resource (HR) functions such a recruitment and selection, compensation management, and people development. The aim of this course is to bring together the essential elements of employment law and its relevance to people management in organizations. The course has been designed to highlight the relevance that employment law has across different HR functions. The benefits for participants attending this set of workshops are the following:

  • A better understanding of employment law and its relevance to HR management;
  • Reducing the risk of having non-compliant work practices which could lead the organisation to an industrial dispute and ultimately additional costs;
  • Best practice approaches in different HR functions such as recruitment, selection, talent and performance management;
  • Learning from the experiences of other participants through the discussions and case studies that are presented.


The objectives of this course include:

  • Understanding the importance of employment law and how it relates to HR practices;
  • Identifying the legal obligations of the organisation and employee rights;
  • Understanding the importance of employment contracts and some of the most essential elements;
  • Understanding the legal requirements in the recruitment and selection process;
  • Dealing with difficult people and the legal repercussions if not handled well; and
  • Dealing ethically and effectively with the termination process.

Course Programme 

Session 1: The Recruitment and Selection Process

  • Introduction to the course;
  • Recruiting: Job Analysis, Job Descriptions, and Adverts;
  • The Selection Process: 3 key issues to consider; and
  • Selection techniques.

Session 2: Working Conditions and Contracts

  • Definite and Indefinite Contracts;
  • Work Time Regulations; and
  • Collective Agreements.

Session 3: Performance Management

  • Performance Management and Performance Appraisal;
  • Objectives of a performance appraisal;
  • Providing effective feedback;
  • Subjective performance measurement: the pitfalls;
  • Using appraisals to enhance performance; and
  • Dealing with Diversity and Equality at Work.

Session 4: Key Aspects in the Payroll Process

  • Identification of the roles of Key Stakeholders in the local payroll process;
  • Overview of the Final Settlement System (FSS): Taxes, Social Security Benefits and Maternity Fund Contributions;
  • An Introduction to the key aspects relating to Fringe Benefits; and
  • An Overview of the main benefits and entitlements of Maltese employees.

Session 5: Developing Your Workforce

  • Motivation at work;
  • The Psychological contract and its implications;
  • Leading your people; and
  • Dealing with absenteeism and stress at work.

Session 6: Termination of Employment

  • Termination, notice periods;
  • Dismissal and Warnings;
  • Industrial Tribunal; and
  • Redundancies and dealing with such situations.


Irene Coppola is Projects Coordinator at Equinox Advisory. She is responsible for managing employees from the administrative point of view and the payroll system. She also successfully attended a course in Payroll and Employment Administration, becoming expert in the Maltese employment law and related obligations.

Irene holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in International Sciences and Diplomatic Relations from the University of Trieste, in Italy, specializing in European Projects Management for International Cooperation. As a Junior Policy Officer at the Brussels Delegation of the Association of Chamber of Commerce for the Veneto Region (Italy), she analysed European Affairs to support small and medium enterprises, identifying the most interesting political instruments and funds made available for the Venetian region.

Irene further enhanced her professional expertise by working for over three years as a Project Manager at Eurosportello Veneto, the European Information Centre hosted by the Association of the Chamber of Commerce of the Veneto Region. She was technically and financially responsible for EU funded projects, assuring the sound management of foreseen activities, also contributing to the administrative management of the staff members involved in the projects.

Irene’s areas of interest include Employment Management, Project Management, EU Affairs and EU Funding Instruments, Education and Training programmes.

Reece Delia is the Chief Financial Officer of Equinox Advisory and the Financial Controller of the IRISS. Reece is in the possession of a first-class Bachelor in Commerce in Accountancy and Banking and Finance from the University of Malta. He then further pursued his studies within the aforementioned institution, attaining a distinction in his Master in Accountancy in 2016 and joining the firm soon after. His dissertation particularly focused on the development of a Balanced Scorecard framework for the Performance Measurement of local contact centre in respect of which he received an award for best dissertation in Management Accounting.

Reece also has experience in the field of accounting, working for the Company Accounting and Administration Services of one of the major internationally-renowned big-four audit firms during his student years at the University of Malta. This role allowed him to often be involved in the preparation of monthly payrolls as well as the submission of FSS documents for a number of firms contracting the service to the department. In addition, he has also worked as an accounting data input clerk for a major travel company in the early years of his working life. In his position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Equinox, Reece regularly oversees the payroll process of Equinox Academy and Advisory and is responsible for the ongoing monitoring of the appropriate FSS Documents to the Inland Revenue Department and other forms to JobsPlus and Social Security Department. Moreover, Reece is in possession of a Certificate in Payroll and Employment Administration (MQF Level 5) with grade A, organised and delivered by Lead Training Services.

Diana Spiteri

Diana Spiteri obtained a B.A. (Hons) in Europeans Studies at the University of Malta and has over eight years’ experience in EU Affairs, of which, over four years in Research and Innovation (R&I) Programmes, Projects and Policy. Diana Spiteri was Malta’s Programme Committee Member and National Contact Point for Research and Innovation at EU for various sectors. Diana Spiteri also obtained a M.A. in Humanitarian Action at the University of Malta and received the Award in Aspects of Work Psychology (MQF 6).

Moreover, Diana Spiteri has conducted a number of trainings both locally and abroad, and delivers training in Leadership and Management (MQF 6) among other courses.

Diana Spiteri is the Corporate Services Director at Equinox Advisory with years of experience in managing teams, coaching and mentoring teams both locally and abroad thus being fluent with Human Resource Management and Employment relations.


The Fee for the Course is as follows:

  • Registration Fee (Non-Refundable): EUR 35.
  • Course Fee including: Lectures, Course Notes, Certificate of Attendance and Refreshments (Please see our Terms and Conditions on changes, rejections and cancellations): EUR 375

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Sessions for this course will be held as follows:

  • Session 1: 28th March 2018, 17:00 – 20:00
  • Session 2: 4th April 2018, 17:00 – 20:00
  • Session 3: 12th April 2018, 17:00 – 20:00
  • Session 4: 18th April 2018, 17:00 – 20:00
  • Session 5: 25th April 2018, 17:00 – 20:00
  • Session 6: 27th April 2018, 17:00 – 20:00


The venue of the course will be communicated to the registered participants ahead of course commencement.