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September 2017 Newsletter – Education sector

It’s September and as memories of the summer holidays begin to fade hopefully we can help focus on back to work with our HR/Employment law update. It’s a return to the old routine for the Government and the courts too and we look at proposed reforms to data protection, increase in injury to feelings awards in discrimination cases and ACAS guidance on gender reassignment and parents with ill babies.

Our case update this month focuses on a recent decision by the ECHR on the balance between workplace monitoring and human rights and the equal pay decision by the EAT that ASDA’s retail store staff (usually female) can compare themselves with distribution centre staff (usually male).

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

I think we all have that September ‘new year’ feeling. Probably, because at some stage we were all once at school and started a ‘new year’ in September. I certainly feel it and have signed up to a yoga course as a way to achieving a new bendy, flexible me. Lets see how I get on!

On the work front, we are, as usual, looking at the full range of employment law issues for our College clients. Aside from an up-tick in Employment Tribunal claims (already!), we are working with a number of college clients: advising one on re-drafting their Union recognition agreement in order to create a modern working relationship; helping another with an equal pay claim and advising another college on data protection with a keen eye on the changes coming up next year under the GDPR.  We are helping a college consult on amending terms and conditions as regarding working hours and yet another college with their zero hours contracts.

All these colleges use our annual retainer – which we think offers specialist employment advice when you need it without the fear of building up large legal bills. If you are not currently using our annual retainer and would like more information please contact us on 0117 325 0526 to discuss options.  Also, don’t take our word for it…

“As a very busy Human Resources director in an FE College, I find it extremely valuable to work with the team at Menzies Law. They are my ‘comfort buffer’ and things ‘happen quicker’ when I get them involved. Menzies Law ‘get’ how I like to work and they have taken time, over the years, to get to know the College too. Their Annual Retainer is worth every penny – I don’t know how we would manage to get the quality employment law advice we need without it.”  Ruth Walmsley, HR Director, Richard Huish College.

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


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