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  • A Mistaken Belief Did Not Prevent Whistleblower Protection

    25 July 2017

    If the reason, or principal reason, for dismissal is because of an employee’s protected disclosure (whistleblowing), the employee’s dismissal is automatically unfair. This will be the case even if the employer has a mistaken belief that the employee’s disclosure was not ‘protected’ for the purposes of the whistleblowing legislation.…

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  • The Impact of Brexit on EU Nationals Living in the UK

    25 July 2017

    Immigration was one of the key issues of debate during the Brexit campaign and one of the burning questions since last year’s vote has been what the impact leaving the European Union will be on the millions of EU nationals who currently reside in the UK and those UK citizens who currently live in other EU countries.…

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  • Redundancy Consultation

    25 July 2017

    The test of reasonableness in unfair dismissal claims, as set out in section 98(4) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, plays an important role in a redundancy consultation when employees are required to compete for newly created posts following a restructure, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) has determined.</…

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  • Status Anxiety? - Part II

    25 July 2017

    This is the second in a series of articles on employment status in English law. In Part I we provided some background information as to the law on employment status and looked at the various statutory definitions.…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hand and another v George

    03 July 2017

    The recent case of Hand and another v George [2017] EWHC 33 (ch) has brought into focus the implications of the European Convention of Human Rights on some older trusts and wills that import statutory terms that could be potentially discriminatory.…

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