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June 2017 Newsletter – Education Sector

It’s June and the month of warm (some of them too warm!), long, sunny days or, failing that, at least there’s been the Election and the wacky hats of Royal Ascot for a bit of light entertainment! However, we’ll try to compete for your attention with our update on HR/Employment law news. This month we keep you informed with a ‘back to basics’ FAQ session on Apprenticeships and also the Levy and a reminder and update on the General Data Protection Regulations due to come into force this time next year.

Our case update this month focuses on the rights of workers mistakenly labelled as self-employed to carry over of statutory annual leave entitlement, making an employee redundant following a period of long term sickness absence and whether it is discriminatory to pay at different rates for a man taking shared parental leave than a woman taking maternity leave.

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

This month we hosted a special event around the theme of  ‘How to get the best from your Trade Union relationships’. It was one of most highly attended seminars we have held and whilst it wasn’t specifically aimed at Colleges, it was lovely to see a number of you there.

There weren’t too many horrors stories, but we know that several delegates went back to work resolving to pull out (if they could find them!), their Union Recognition Agreements, dust them off and take a good look at them to see if they were still ‘fit for purpose’. We are currently helping a number of businesses, including colleges, update their TU documentation, so if you need a hand, give us a call and we would be happy to pop in for a chat and coffee and let you know how we can help.

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


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