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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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