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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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  • 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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  • GDPR - Further Update

    02 November 2017

    Following on from our Summer Update, concrete preparations for compliance with 2018’s new data protection regime are now under way for most schools. The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) becomes law with direct effect on 25 May 2018 and the Government has made clear that implementation will be unaffected by the Brexit process. With the recent introduction of the Government’s Data Protection Bill on 13 September 2017, the compliance requirements for schools are starting to become clearer.…

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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 Time: Sleeping At Work

    07 July 2017

    Are workers entitled to the national minimum wage when 'on-call', or sleeping, at work? In a comprehensive decision, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decides 'it depends'.…

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  • Children and Social Work Act 2017

    07 July 2017

    The Children and Social Work Bill received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017 – just before the end of the previous Parliament. There was considerable disquiet about some of the proposals such as a controversial plan to allow local authorities to opt out of their duties relating to children’s social care. This was removed before the Bill was finally approved. …

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  • Cyberattacks & Schools

    07 July 2017

    Welcome to the Spring 2017 Update for Schools. We hope that you will find this informative and useful in keeping you up to date.…

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  • Summer 2017 Update for Schools

    07 July 2017

    Welcome to the Spring 2017 Update for Schools. We hope that you will find this informative and useful in keeping you up to date.…

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  • National Minimum Wage – don’t panic!

    07 July 2017

    John Lewis has suffered very public criticism in relation to alleged payment of some of its seasonal workers below National Minimum Wage (NMW). This has caused a good deal of concern among schools, which clearly engage employees/workers to perform work at certain times of the year, while not necessarily requiring performance throughout the school holidays.…

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  • The GDPR, ready or not ready?

    23 June 2017

    The GDPR comes into force on 25 May 2018. It will reform data protection law fundamentally throughout the EU...…

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