June 2018 Newsletter – Education sector

It’s June and if you can take your eyes off the World Cup and Wimbledon we’ll try to compete for your attention with our update on HR/Employment law news. Hopefully the excitement of the World Cup is having a positive impact on your staff, but just in case there are issues our guidance on Russia 2018 should help.  We also update you on ACAS’s guidance on the World Cup as well as on religion and belief discrimination.  The Government is also offering help to employers this month with its toolkit on tackling tobacco, alcohol and drugs and more from the ICO on GDPR.

In our case update we bring further news on employment status; guidance from the Court of Appeal on the use of the “final straw” argument in constructive unfair dismissal claims; and when a dismissal for misconduct may amount to disability discrimination.

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

We do hope that you are all surviving in the heat and we’re wishing you wonderful, relaxing holidays as soon as you’re able to get away.

When you turn your mind to employment contracts for your new employees for the new year, do remember to go into your templates and remove the part in the contracts about the employee giving consent to you processing their personal data.  No doubt your updated data protection policies (post GDPR) will now have moved away from relying on consent for the processing of employee data.  (And if you’ve published your new privacy notices but not yet got around to updating your actual data protection policy, don’t worry – you are very, very far from being alone!  All in good time.  After all, what else is August for…?)

Luke Menzies
Director, Barrister and Solicitor
email Luke or call 0117 325 0921