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April 2017 Newsletter – Education sector

It’s April and after the egg-citement (sorry!) of the long Easter weekend it’s back to work. In order to help you get cracking (sorry again!) we’ve hunted out the most up to date HR/Employment Law news for you. This includes the race in the workplace review and what this could mean for employers, the Government’s consultation on caste discrimination and ACAS’s final guidance on the Gender Pay Gap regulations.

Our case update this month focuses on dismissal for long-term sickness absence, the CJEU’s decision on wearing headscarves at work, disability harassment when not technically disabled and from what date notice period starts to run when actual receipt of notice is delayed.

What we’ve been doing in the Education sector recently…

We know that many colleges are looking more closely at their talented pool of staff in light of the apprenticeship levy which came into force this month. The thinking, quite rightly, being, if they are paying the levy, they might as well get some benefit from it by developing the careers and potential of their staff.

We have helped a couple of colleges recently steer the course into converting their current employees into apprentices. You might been told (by some law firms!) that if you are thinking of doing this with your own employees, you will have to terminate existing contracts of employment and offer, instead, a fixed term apprenticeship agreement.  Not so, we say.  This can be done with a properly drafted side agreement.  If you are thinking of going down this route and want to chat through options – we are happy to help.

Anne Marie Boyle
Senior Solicitor
email Anne-Marie or call 0117 325 0924



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