Personnel

Employee told to ‘get a grip’ wins claim of unfair constructive dismissal

Posted on July 12th, 2021

In Oakley v EE Limited, a woman with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was told to ‘get a grip’ by her team leader. She subsequently resigned and brought claims of unfair constructive dismissal, disability discrimination and harassment related to her disability. By way of background, Ms Oakley (the claimant), worked for EE Limited, a company which […]

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Personnel

TUC calls for long COVID to be recognised as a disability

Posted on July 9th, 2021

The TUC has called for long COVID to be recognised as a disability and COVID-19 as an occupational disease, in order to provide workers with access to legal protection and compensation. A TUC report on the impact of long COVID reveals that, of those surveyed (3,500 people): 29% have experienced symptoms lasting longer than a […]

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Personnel

Flexible working and disparities in childcare

Posted on July 8th, 2021

In Dobson v North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, an employment appeal tribunal (EAT) had to consider whether women, because of their childcare responsibilities, were less likely to be able to work particular patterns than men, and whether any subsequent dismissal would, therefore, be automatically unfair. The claimant, Ms Dobson, was employed as a […]

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Management

Academy Trust Handbook 2021

Posted on June 21st, 2021

Each summer the Academies Financial Handbook is revised and updated by the DfE in readiness for the forthcoming academic year. This time the document, which comes into force on 1 September 2021, has a new title – the Academy Trust Handbook – which could be said to reflect trusts’ increasingly broader responsibilities. The actual layout and headings […]

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Personnel

Gender-critical belief discrimination

Posted on June 18th, 2021

In Maya Forstater v CGD Europe and Others, an employment appeal tribunal (EAT) had to consider whether Ms Forstater’s gender-critical beliefs are a form of protected speech. By way of background, the claimant, Maya Forstater, holds gender-critical beliefs, which include the belief that sex is immutable and not to be conflated with gender identity. She […]

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Personnel

Dismissal and re-engagement (fire and rehire)

Posted on June 17th, 2021

Acas recently reported and made some recommendations regarding the practice of dismissal and re-engagement, otherwise known as ‘fire and rehire’. The pandemic has led to many organisations having to consider their operating models and financial viability. This has been against an ever-changing landscape of lockdowns and uncertainty. Organisations are having to adapt to survive but […]

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New Streaming Service for Schools: Into Film+

Posted on June 16th, 2021

Leading education charity Into Film have launched Into Film+, a streaming service dedicated to film and designed specifically for all schools’ settings. Created in partnership with Filmbankmedia, Into Film+ is a new legal platform for UK schools to stream a wide range of classic and new release films in classroom and extra-curricular settings for free*. […]

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Personnel

Reminder – EU settlement scheme

Posted on June 7th, 2021

A reminder that, under the new immigration rules, EU citizens who wish to remain in the UK must have been living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and have applied for settled or pre-settled status by 30 June 2021. If someone does not apply by this deadline, they could lose the right to live and work in the […]

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Personnel

Calls for changes to be made to shared parental leave provision

Posted on June 7th, 2021

In April 2021, a group of organisations, including Maternity Action, the Fawcett Society, the National Childbirth Trust, the Royal College of Midwives, the TUC, the Women’s Budget Group and Working Families, joined together to publish an action plan setting out an agenda of policy reform relating to parental leave and pay. The group has called […]

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Personnel

Right to work checks

Posted on May 19th, 2021

The government has announced that the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work check process will now end on 20 June 2021 (previously 16 May 2021). The adjustments enable employers to: Carry out right to work checks over video calls, rather than in person. Allow job applicants and existing workers to send scanned copies or a photo of documents for […]

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