September 2016 news

Joanne SeftonIt’s September and as memories of the summer holidays begin to fade hopefully we can help with the focus on back to work with our HR/Employment law update. It’s a return to the old routine for the Government too and we look at the autumn changes in employment law due on 1 October, what has happened with Tribunal claims recently, and help from ACAS for young people new to work.

In our case update this month we look at disability discrimination and pay protection, holiday pay and voluntary overtime and sham job applicants and discrimination law.

What Jo has been doing recently…

September always brings that new start, ‘back to school’ feeling and, for me, newness has been a bit of a theme over the last month or so. I’ve enjoyed meeting and getting to know some new employer clients who each bring their own circumstances, priorities and working style to the relationship (as well as rediscovering the fact that nobody ever looks the way you imagine they will on the phone!). I’ve had some interesting new employment litigation work, both at ET and at EAT level, and I’ve been putting together our new programme of Learning and Development events for autumn. There’s a feeling of newness about the office too, with new staff members buzzing with enthusiasm and ideas (why hadn’t we thought of that already?). For our college and school clients, the feeling that this is the ‘real’ New Year is all-pervasive. Even for clients in other sectors there is inevitably some sense of renewal at this time, whether it’s welcoming new grads, or just getting everyone back from holiday. However the new start is looking for you, I wish you success and satisfaction for the year ahead.