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A Message to Heads HR Clients about COVID-19

As COVID-19 has grown to pandemic level Heads HR are closely monitoring the public health emergency and are following all recommendations from World Heath Organisation and Government Guidance. This inevitably means eliminating site visits and conducting business remotely. At Heads HR, it is important to us that you continue to receive the same level of… Read more »

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Headteacher’s Dismissal For Failing To Disclose Relationship With Sex Offender Is Justified

In Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, the Supreme Court considered whether the failure by Ms Reilly, a headteacher at a maintained primary school, to disclose to the school governors her relationship with someone who had been convicted of making indecent images of children was a sufficient reason for her dismissal. Facts Ms Reilly was appointed… Read more »

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Bereavement Leave Update

The government has published the statutory instruments which implement two weeks’ paid bereavement leave for parents upon the death of a child aged under 18. The parental bereavement leave and pay regulations, which will also be known as ‘Jack’s Law’ in memory of a child whose mother campaigned on the issue, will implement a statutory… Read more »

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Gay Headteacher Succeeds In Unfair Dismissal and Discriminations Claims Due To Biased Disciplinary Process

Serious failings and bias throughout the disciplinary process entitled a gay head teacher to resign and claim constructive dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination. Facts In The Governing Body of Tywyn Primary School v Aplin, Mr Aplin was a 42 year old openly gay head teacher at a primary school. He met two 17 year old boys… Read more »

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Engagement Increases Productivity And Performance

Engaged employees are more actively involved in their work, pay attention and effectively tackle challenges to reach their goals. Also, they are resilient, find their work meaningful, work longer hours and are more immune to stress. Everybody wants their employees to be engaged. However, there is a problem. Only 32% of the UK’s labour force… Read more »

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Christmas Party Conduct

During the festive season many employees will attend Christmas parties, it is important to remind all staff that whilst they are not in working hours during this time, an employees conduct can still have an impact on their role in the workplace. Senior Leadership Teams should be reminding employees of the impact inappropriate behaviour on… Read more »

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Absence Related To Mental Health Illness

Eighty-eight per cent of organisations believe employees have taken sickness absence because of mental ill health over the past year, but the majority say staff do not tell them this is the reason for their absence. A survey of 303 organisations that employ more than half a million people found that, on the whole, staff… Read more »

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Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Workplace

Improving mental health in the workplace can increase productivity, engagement through supportiveness and increase staff morale. Click on the link to view the ACAS guide to Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Workplace. https://www.acas.org.uk/media/3384/Promoting-positive-mental-health-in-the-workplace/pdf/Promoting_positive_mental_health_in_the_workplace.pdf For further support on improving mental health in the workplace, please contact your Heads HR Consultant on 0161 850 4343.

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Mental Health Training

Over 15 million working days are lost in the UK each year due to poor mental health and it costs the UK economy an estimated £94 billion annually. This makes mental health training far more than just a nice gesture – it makes it fundamental for the productivity of every employee, as well as the prosperity of every business…. Read more »

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When is a resignation letter not a resignation?

An employee who gave written notice to her employer had not resigned from her employment.  The notice was ambiguous and therefore had to be construed in context. Facts In East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy, Ms Levy was employed as an administrator in the hospital’s records department. She applied for and was offered a… Read more »

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