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  • New Guidance on 'Epipen' Use in Schools

    02 November 2017

    Since 1 October 2017 schools have been able to buy adrenaline auto-injector (‘AAI’) devices (commonly known as ‘EpiPens’) without a prescription, for emergency use in children who are at risk of anaphylaxis, but their own device is not available or not working.…

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  • Gender Segregation in Schools

    02 November 2017

    A recent decision of the Court of Appeal has attracted headlines in the education sector by banning a form of gender segregation in schools. In the case involving Al-Hijrah School, an Islamic faith school in Birmingham, the Court had to consider whether a policy of segregating boys and girls in a mixed school was direct discrimination.…

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  • Working Together to Safeguard Children - Consultation

    02 November 2017

    On 25 October, the government launched a consultation on its proposed changes to the statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’, expected to be published next year and accompanying new regulations. The changes to the guidance are intended to support the new system of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements established by the Children and Social Work Act 2017, which became law earlier this year. The consultation closes on 31 December.…

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  • The Abolition of Employment Tribunal Fees: What Happens Next?

    02 November 2017

    In a landmark decision on 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court abolished fees in the employment tribunal and the EAT. Employment tribunal fees had previously been introduced in July 2013 and claimants were obliged to pay up to £1,200 if they wished to bring a claim. In consequence the number of employment tribunal claims fell by 70% and the public service union, Unison, challenged the system by means of a judicial review. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the fees were unlawful and represented a disproportionate restriction on access to justice. As a result, fees are no longer payable with immediate effect. However, this relatively unexpected development raises a number of questions for schools regarding employment claims that have been brought (or might have been brought) against them in the past four years.…

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  • Time for a Governance Check-Up?

    02 November 2017

    You may already be aware that the long-awaited update to the code of governance for charities (“the Code”) – developed by a steering group of charity umbrella bodies – was published in July this year.…

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  • Increase in Surrogacy for Childless Couples

    13 October 2017

    Whilst there are no accurate figures as to the number of children born through surrogacy, due largely to the ad hoc nature of the majority of the agreements, is it clear that surrogacy is on the rise, due in part to the legalisation of same sex marriage and also to increasing awareness of other options for childless couples.…

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  • Cohabiting Couples and Cohabitation Agreements

    06 October 2017

    In 2016, there were 18.9m families in the UK. Of those, 12.7m were married or civil partners. Cohabiting couples (unmarried) was that fastest growing family type between 1996 and 2016, more than doubling from 1.5m families to 3.3m families. (Information from ONS)…

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  • How Mediation Can Assist Separating and Divorcing Couples

    06 October 2017

    Mediators are sometimes confused with marriage guidance or relationship counsellors, which they are not. A family mediator is appointed on the breakdown of a family relationship; a neutral professional who assists the separating couple in reaching settlement of their arrangements, whether in relation to their children and / or financial and property issues.…

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  • How far can you go to monitor an employee’s emails?

    19 September 2017

    Many employers will monitor the way their employees use email and the internet, partly to ensure that employees are not distracted during their working hours and, more importantly, to ensure that employees are not abusing the IT systems to damage their business – for example, sharing confidential information via email.…

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  • Employee imprisoned for disobeying injunction

    19 September 2017

    The seriousness of court orders can sometimes go unnoticed and unfortunately for Mr Dadi, a former employee of the OCS Group UK, this resulted in him receiving a 6 week prison sentence after he breached an interim injunction imposed by the High Court.…

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