April 2016 news

It’s April and if, like us, you are fed up of April showers then our news of changes to data protection law may well not brighten your day.  However, we do hope to lighten your load with some handy FAQ’s on the impact of these changes and reassure you that you do at least have another two years to prepare!  We also update you on new minimum wage rates and latest changes to the trade union bill.  In our case update this month, we focus on when an employer has imputed knowledge of disability and fairly dismissing an employee who may be an illegal worker.

What Simon has been doing recently…simon-martin

I have been doing quite a few well received training courses on carrying out investigations, disciplinary hearings and dealing with absence management. I should add that they are separate courses, it would be a lot to take in for one day.

The thing that has really struck me on each of the courses is the approach by a number of senior managers that these are all the responsibility of their HR team.  It is really important for managers to understand that it is ultimately their responsibility. It is also much better for them to get that message before there is a risk of a Tribunal claim. I have become very well practised at delivering that message!