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National database of Governors – Action required for all schools

Thursday, 28 July 2016
 

On the 1 July 2016 the DfE published information for everyone involved in the governance of an academy, multi-academy trust (MAT) or maintained school.


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An employer’s guide to ‘Right to Work’ checks

Wednesday, 27 July 2016
 

With effect from 12 July 2016, under section 21 of the 2006 Act (as amended by section 35 of the 2016 Act), an employer will commit an offence if they employ an illegal worker and know or has reasonable cause to believe that the person has no right to do the work in question. This means that the investigating agency does not have to prove that the employer knew that the employee had no permission to work.


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Justine Greening appointed as education secretary

Friday, 15 July 2016
 

Justine Greening was appointed to replace Nicky Morgan as Education Secretary this morning.


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New standard for teachers’ professional development

Friday, 15 July 2016
 

Implementation guidance for school leaders, teachers, and organisations that offer professional development for teachers, July 2016. The new guidance for Teachers’ Professional Development has been released this week.


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Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges, 5 September 2016

Sunday, 10 July 2016
 

In May 2016 the DfE published Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges.  The guidance will commence from the 5 September 2016 and until that time the previous version of the document continues to apply.  We've summarised some key actions for leadership to consider in relation to staff understanding and knowledge of safeguarding in schools.   


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Teacher and Leadership Pay Award Proposals

Sunday, 10 July 2016
 

On 6th July 2016 the 26th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) was published. The STRB has recommended 1% uplift from September 2016 to the minima and the maxima of all classroom teacher and leadership pay ranges in the national pay framework, and to classroom teacher allowances (teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments and special educational needs (SEN) allowances).


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Can a job offer be withdrawn based on absence records?

Wednesday, 6 July 2016
 

Recent case-law has added further weight to the argument surrounding reasonable adjustments and considerations in relation to absence. In West v Yorkshire Ambulance Services NHS Trust, the tribunal ruled that the nurse was discriminated against based on her disability when a job offer was withdrawn.


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Top tips for managing staff absence in schools

Sunday, 12 June 2016
 

Managing absence can be time consuming but the impact of staff absence is costly and can damage educational provision.  Here are our ten top tips for managing staff absence.


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Term-time absence for pupils

Sunday, 12 June 2016
 

Council to appeal against High Court decision to waive the fine for a father who took his child out of school during term-time.


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When calculating holiday pay is voluntary overtime included in ‘normal pay’?

Sunday, 12 June 2016
 

A number of recent tribunal cases have indicated a persuasive move to include voluntary overtime when calculating holiday pay. As a result, questions have been raised as to what is compulsory overtime, voluntary overtime and what is meant by ‘normal pay’ and ‘sufficiently regular’.


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Top 5 questions asked about managing redundancy

Thursday, 2 June 2016
 

Handling a redundancy situation is difficult for both the employer and the employee. Up-to-date knowledge and preparation is the key to a successful process. We've featured the top 5 questions and queries about managing redundancies in this article, but if you have any queries speak to your HR Advisor in advance of starting the process to make sure you are following the right path


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Immigration Act 2016 comes into effect 12 July 2016

Thursday, 2 June 2016
 

In 2014/15 Immigration Enforcement issued 1,974 civil penalties to businesses employing illegal workers. The Immigration Act 2016 will bring in changes to how foreign labour is used and how employers can be prosecuted. 


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The Trade Union Act 2016 and what it means for you

Friday, 27 May 2016
 

This month the Trade Union Bill received royal assent and became the Trade Union Act 2016, but what does that mean?


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Clarification on the Government’s position on academisation

Friday, 13 May 2016
 

Following the Government’s u-turn last week in regards to academisation, they have now issued an update to clarify their views.


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Is your single central record up-to-date?

Friday, 13 May 2016
 

Keeping your single central record up-to-date is a statutory requirement in line with the Staffing Regulations 2009 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015. Keeping the record updated is no mean feat but Ofsted will expect you to have all the mandatory fields in place and that you understand why the checks are required.


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Terminating Fixed Term Contracts

Friday, 13 May 2016
 

It’s that time of year when schools are reviewing their staffing requirements for September and it’s important as an employer that you don’t treat fixed-term workers less favourably than permanent employees doing the same or a similar job.


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Things to consider if you are dismissing someone due to ill health

Friday, 13 May 2016
 

Case-law has given some guidance in relation to dismissing someone due to ill health. In BS v Dundee City Council, the EAT advised all employers to consider the following points before acting.


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How to Successfully Manage Probationary Periods

Wednesday, 4 May 2016
 

Caution must be taken when making a decision to terminate a probationer, as they can make a claim for discrimination which carries an uncapped award if the claim is successful at tribunal. Read our article on what to ensure you have in place.


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Contacting an employee while on sick could lead to breach of contract

Wednesday, 4 May 2016
 

In the recent case of Private Medical Intermediaries (PMI) Ltd and others v Hodkinson the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that contacting an employee who was off sick with non-urgent issues had contributed to her decision to resign and therefore upheld her claim for constructive unfair dismissal.


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False claim of sickness found to be gross misconduct

Wednesday, 13 April 2016
 

The trust between an employee and employer and the misuse of this trust has recently been the subject of an appeal brought to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. They have ruled that an employee falsely claiming to be unfit for work can reasonably be classed as gross misconduct.


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National Minimum Wage to increase from 01 October 2016

Wednesday, 6 April 2016
 

The Low Pay Commission has welcomed the Government’s acceptance of its recommendations for the rates of the minimum wage affecting workers under 25 and apprentices to apply from 1 October 2016


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Without Prejudice Conversations and how to reach a Settlement Agreement

Wednesday, 6 April 2016
 

Settlement agreements are legally binding contracts which can be used to end the employment relationship on agreed terms. They waive an individual’s right to make a claim to a court or employment tribunal on the matters that are specifically covered in the agreement.


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Salary Sacrifice benefits do not need to be paid during maternity leave

Wednesday, 6 April 2016
 

Many employers offer various benefits to their employees as part of a salary sacrifice scheme. Salary sacrifice (as the name suggests) involves the employee giving up part of their salary in exchange for a benefit.


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Government’s vision for Education – Educational Excellence Everywhere

Friday, 18 March 2016
 

Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, yesterday outlined the Government’s vision for Education following the budget on Wednesday. The paper Educational Excellence Everywhere was submitted yesterday.


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The Budget and how it affects Education

Wednesday, 16 March 2016
 

The Chancellor, George Osborne has announced today as part of the Budget that all schools must become academies by 2020 or have plans to do so by 2022. Any school that fails to do so would be managed by the government.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Health & Safety Awareness - Company fined after asbestos failings

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With many old buildings having asbestos concerns, this recent case highlights the dangers of mismanagement. Canterbury Crown Court recently fined a construction company for failing to take the necessary measures when dealing with asbestos. The HSE carried out two investigations and then raised the prosecution.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is important to understand everyone’s responsibilities for Health and Safety throughout the organisation. Read our recommendations.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        New Statutory Rates for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay, redundancy and compensation from April 2017


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Check you are applying the statutory minimum hourly rate from April 2017 and who the rate should apply to.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        London council fined £200,000 for Health & Safety breach

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Back in 2014 a twelve-year-old schoolboy suffered a serious hand injury leading to amputation of the finger during a design and technology class. The Health and Safety Executive brought charges against Islington Borough Council for inadequate training and management of risks. At the end of last month, the council were fined £200,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £19,865.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Contractors and DBS checks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you work with or have contact with children or vulnerable adults, you have a responsibility to check that all your contractors have been DBS checked to the right level before being allowed onsite. These decisions need to be based on activity, frequency and contact level. Check out our infographic on how these decisions should be approached.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Top tips for managing Pre-employment Health Checks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        An employer cannot ask questions about sickness absence, or whether any reasonable adjustments need to be made to carry out the job itself, until after a job offer has been made. However, pre-employment health checks can be carried out. Read our top tips for managing pre-employment health checks.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 were published in December and, subject to parliamentary approval, will come into effect on 31st March 2017. It requires any public-sector employers with 250 staff or more to publish gender pay information. In the main, the information required is the same as that for the private sector but there are two small differences.


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