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September 2018 Newsletter – Education sector

It’s September and if you need some help to get you back into work hopefully we can help with our HR/Employment law update. It’s a return to the old routine for the Government too and we look at changes to HMRC penalties for NMW breaches in TUPE transfer situations and new parental bereavement leave rights. ACAS has also provided us with new guidance on job references and the CBI on health and wellbeing in the workplace.

In our case update this month we look at the effect of a break in service  provision on application of TUPE, when a failure to postpone a disciplinary hearing can lead to an unfair dismissal, and whether an employee, for purposes of a victimisation claim, needs to act dishonestly for an allegation to be made in bad faith.

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

It definitely feels like the start of a new term here at Menzies Towers (some new members of staff, hello Tamsin and Melissa, buzzing around), and that summer glow starting to fade as we grab out jumpers (although not for me as I am enjoying the delights of St Tropez fake tan).

With our Education sector, there is inevitably that back to school feeling too with new staff, new students, new timetables to get heads around.  Some of our clients are contemplating mergers which will mean months of due diligence: others are having a good look at their collective bargaining agreements (some are so old you have to blow the dust off them), to check whether they are still fit for purpose (answer: usually not). Whatever it is on your plate at the moment (fingers crossed it is ‘something and custard’), we are here to help.

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


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