Personnel

Changes to paternity leave

Posted on January 31st, 2024

The government has published new draft legislation, The Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024, which will come into force on 8 March 2024. It will only apply to parents where the expected week of childbirth is on, or after, 6 April 2024, and to children whose expected date of placement for adoption, expected date of entry into Great Britain for adoption […]

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Personnel

Inadequate support for women dealing with menopause in the workplace

Posted on January 29th, 2024

A recent survey carried out by Unite union has shed light on an important issue in the workforce: a shocking 83% of women experiencing menopausal symptoms have no access to support at work. Many women stated that they feel uncomfortable discussing the menopause in male-dominated environments. Furthermore, male managers often lack understanding about the health […]

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Personnel

Can settlement agreements be used to settle future unknown claims?

Posted on January 25th, 2024

In the case of Bathgate v Technip Singapore PTE Ltd 2023, Scotland’s Court of Session has held that if the settlement agreement is clear enough in its waiver then it can be used to settle future claims. Mr Bathgate was employed between 1997 and 2017 by Technip Singapore PTE Limited as Chief Officer for a […]

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Personnel

Personnel changes from April 2024

Posted on January 4th, 2024

From 6 April 2024, there are some changes to the rules about flexible working, leave for employees with a dependent with a long-term care need and protection from redundancy for those on maternity, adoption or shared parental leave. School should consider the need to update any policies which are relevant to the changes. Flexible working From […]

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Management

Dates and deadlines

Posted on January 2nd, 2024

By far the most usual date when changes and innovations are brought in by the DfE is 1 September of each academic year. But there are some dates and deadlines that occur in the spring and summer terms. Here is a reminder for this calendar New Year. Early years foundation stage New EYFS frameworks come into […]

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Personnel

Redundancy – failure to consult

Posted on December 13th, 2023

Circumstances may arise where change, for example, due to education initiatives, organisational requirements or budgetary position, make it necessary to review and seek changes to the staffing structure. This could either be across a school or in particular areas, leading to changes in roles, contractual terms and conditions, or proposed redundancies. Where redundancies are envisaged, […]

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Personnel

Handling ‘heat of the moment’ resignations

Posted on December 11th, 2023

In the recent case of Mr R Omar v Epping Forest District Citizens Advice, the employment appeal tribunal (EAT) considered whether an employment tribunal (ET) was correct in finding that a resignation made in the ‘heat of the moment’ should stand. Facts of the case In this case, Mr Omar resigned from his employment during […]

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Personnel

Fawcett Society guidance – uplifting new mothers at work

Posted on November 29th, 2023

The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life, has collaborated with Totaljobs to produce further guidance for employers in supporting new mothers at work. This is the second in their ‘Paths to parenthood’ series following a report and guidance on […]

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Personnel

Changes to holiday pay calculations for part-year workers and those with irregular hours

Posted on November 27th, 2023

The government has recently published a draft statutory instrument, The Employment Rights (Amendment, Revocation and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2023, which contains amendments to the law on holiday pay. Back to 12.07% The changes will make it lawful for employers to use a rolled-up holiday pay method of 12.07% for calculating holiday pay for part-year workers and […]

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Personnel

Sexual harassment – new statutory duty

Posted on November 21st, 2023

The Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 will come into force in October 2024. Employers will be under a statutory duty to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment of employees in the course of their employment. Sexual harassment occurs where both: A engages in unwanted conduct of a sexual nature. The conduct has […]

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