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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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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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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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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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Are you aware of the latest changes to employment law for 2016?

Friday, 11 March 2016
 

Many of the updates this year are to confirm that current limits and regulations will remain as they are. For example the amount paid for statutory sick pay is the same as last year. However it is important to know what the changes are and what the minimum requirements are, even if you already pay over and above the statutory minimum rates. Our summary below highlights the key points to be aware of.


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New Regulations confirm that ALL school Governors in maintained schools are required to have a DBS check

Friday, 11 March 2016
 

The DfE has introduced an amendment to legislation which means that in future, and with effect from April or September 2016, ALL governors will be required to have a DBS check. Although the revised legislation refers to these as criminal record checks, it is therefore possible that we will be going back to calling them CRBs, or maybe CRCs, but for now they are 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For those of you who know us well, FusionHR is a dog loving company so we were delighted to hear that Brewdog is offering its staff one week’s paid “paw-ternity” leave so that staff can bond with their new dogs. However, is this a step too far for most employers? Read about this new approach and how Brewdog is keeping staff happy and healthy.  


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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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Death is a sensitive issue and one which we all deal with differently. As an employer, we need to deal with all bereavements sensitively but what works for one person may not work for another. By law, all employees are entitled to a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with bereavement. But what is reasonable? It can be very different for each individual, depending on the circumstances. As an employer, do you know how you would support your employees through a difficult time? Here are the key facts you should be aware of when dealing with Bereavement leave.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just a quarter of organisations achieved their 2014 target to reduce staff absence, so what more could they have done? The top ten most common causes of short-term absence, according to the CIPD Absence Management Survey 2016, are listed with our top tips next to them for how to reduce this type of absence.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Protected conversations are often a useful way of diffusing an issue quickly for the benefit of the colleague and the employer. However, the employer must be careful in relation to what is discussed in these conversations and how it is interpreted. Normally any pre-termination discussions are not admissible as part of dismissal claims but there is an exception which has been highlighted recently in the case of Lenlyn UK Ltd v Kular.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After the festive holidays, staff may struggle with motivation for the New Year return to work, particularly if they have a long commute. The daily commute is something which staff put up with rather than enjoy, especially during the winter months when adverse weather can make this journey more onerous. How staff get to work and how long it takes has an impact on how they feel and perform. As an employer, this should be a consideration when forming your staff wellbeing strategy. 


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