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  • Autumn 2017 Update for Schools

    08 November 2017

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

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  • Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay

    07 November 2017

    The government has published its Bill proposing a new right to paid time off for bereaved parents. The Bill provides two weeks’ statutory leave for employees who lose a child.…

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  • Too Much Information Does Not Make a Dismissal Unfair

    07 November 2017

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘the EAT’) has recently ruled in an unfair dismissal claim that an investigation report will not have failed the Burchell test of reasonableness if the report contains too much information. The Claimant in this matter, Ms Pillar, was a nurse practitioner who had been employed by the Respondent, the NHS, since 2002. Ms Pillar’s role consisted of her receiving telephone calls from members of the public and her providing guidance to those who required medical assistance. Ms Pillar was required to ask the caller relevant questions to establish whether the caller was classed as a medical priority and to form an assessment of what sort of action should be taken. The outcome of the call could mean that the caller only required simple telephone advice or, for the more serious matters, an ambulance to be called.…

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  • Employment Law Update - November 2017

    07 November 2017

    Welcome to the November 2017 Employment Law Update. We hope that you will find this informative and useful in keeping you up to date.…

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  • Mental Health in the Workplace

    07 November 2017

    To celebrate World Mental Health Day in October this year, ACAS helpfully issued new guidance on ‘Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Workplace’ together with two short online guides titled ‘Dealing with Stress in the Workplace’ and ‘Managing Staff Experiencing Mental Health’.…

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

    02 November 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Single Central Record Compliance Checks

    02 November 2017

    Autumn is a common time for schools to review the status of their Single Central Record (“SCR”), with an influx of new teachers and support staff meaning multiple safeguarding checks are required to ensure compliance with the Independent Schools Standards Regulations (“ISSRs”), Keeping Children Safe in Education and the ISI Handbook.…

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