Forbes Solicitors
Education eNews  November 2017



Can discriminatory pressure on a decision maker amount to joint decision-making?

Metropolitan Police v Denby UKEAT/0314/16/RN [2017]

The Claimant, a male officer, was leader of a group within a local force which was consisted of mainly male officers. There was a clear deficiency in gender diversity within this particular group of officers.


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BOOK NOW // Education based Mock Employment Tribunal

Wednesday 29 November 2017
Education Partnership Trust, Pleckgate Road, Blackburn, BB1 8QA

The Mock Tribunal, played out by the Forbes' Education Team will demonstrate a realistic insight into the workings of an Employment Tribunal case in relation to performance management and misconduct in a School setting.

The prospect of going to an employment tribunal can be daunting. Unless you've done it before, it's difficult to imagine what it's like to be examined and cross-examined, to present a case cogently, and supply evidence to a judge and panel. Our mock employment tribunals are designed for anyone with staff management responsibilities, including Headteachers, Senior Leadership Teams, School Business Managers and School Governors.

To view the full programme and to book your place please click here.



Questions we have been asked this month

Q. In 2015 member of staff in discussing workload with another more junior member of staff has purportedly authorised an increase in hours for the junior staff member equating to 7 hours per week. The junior staff member had not realised until now and has since raised a grievance regarding the underpayment.

A. It is likely that due to the time which has elapsed since the extra hours were started, that the increase will have been incorporated as a term of the staff member's contract via custom and practise.

Therefore failing to pay the difference would most likely result in a breach of contract claim for the monies owed...


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GDPR: Are you Ready?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will apply to all 'controllers' and 'processors' of 'personal data'. The education sector holds vast amounts of personal data relating to its employees, students and pupils who are processed into the system, amongst others who are contracted through the schools. It is advisable to become familiar with these provisions at an early stage.



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