If my blog were a book it would be covered in dust. So I decided that I would not let this Bank Holiday pass me by without updating my blog family on what I have been doing since January 2018, in part to justify the long absence!
- Employment Law Journal: I must admit that I enjoy nothing more than digesting a bit of geeky case law so it has been our pleasure at Hine Legal to write 2 articles for the Employment Law Journal. The first article was on the dangers of giving a false reason for dismissal as highlighted by the EAT in Rawlinson v Brightside Group Limited . The latest piece is on the provision of employment references and the recent High Court decision in Hincks v Sense Network Limited . The article shall be published soon on the Hine Legal website so please keep an eye out for this.
- GDPR: Since January of this year I have been beating the drum about the need to become GDPR compliant from an employment law perspective. I initially discussed such matters at the Tech Tuesday event at Hounslow Chamber of Commerce. I also gave a half day seminar on the GDPR alongside Bedrock HR and Kweku Aggrey-Orleans. Somehow I see there being more articles and training on the GDPR horizon!
- CMI and Futurism: I had the pleasure of speaking at the Professional Development Conference ran by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). I was given free range to discuss the future of employment law so of course Artificial Intelligence and automation featured in my discussion. While I think we are facing unprecedented changes to the labour market and how it is organised I am optimistic about the future (in part due to my sharing Rutger Bregman’s view as espoused in “Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World”.
- LBC with Shelagh Fogarty: I was asked at short notice if I wanted to give my views on unpaid shift work and internships. My autograph can be made available upon request J!
- MBTI practitioner: I have spoken several times about my love of personality tests so I decided to put my money where my mouth is and pay to become a qualified practitioner via OPP. I found undertaking the course so helpful in better understanding myself and others and will certainly be writing about this in the future. For instance, I got to speak to a number of introverts and now better understand that my desire to create a genial environment by asking numerous questions could well overwhelm an introvert who may have been considering my first question!
- Mental Health Awareness Week: LexisNexis sought my views on Mental Health Foundation’s study, which shows that 74% of adults have felt overwhelmed and unable to cope at some point in the past year. I provided some practical pointers on what employers could do to help.
Thanks as ever for reading. If anything I have mentioned above interests you or you have questions about anything I referred to, please let me know.