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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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Can an employer reject an employee’s choice of companion for a disciplinary or grievance hearing?

Under s.10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999, employees have the right to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing if they make a reasonable request. The employer must allow the employee to be accompanied by a companion who is chosen by the employee from three categories, set out in s.10(3) of the Act…. Read more »

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Suspension Leads To Unfair Dismissal Case

Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth (High Court) The High Court has confirmed that, even in cases involving serious employee misconduct, suspension should not be a ‘knee-jerk’, default reaction on the part of employers. Decisions to suspend that are not carefully considered, explained and properly documented can constitute a breach of the implied term of… Read more »

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When Should You Suspend An Employer?

Employers have been found to be in breach of the implied term of trust and confidence through “knee-jerk” suspensions. Cases of constructive dismissal have also been built from suspending an employee unnecessarily. Suspension should always be a last resort, and you should always consider whether any, less onerous, alternatives are possible (such as the individual… Read more »

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Working In Other Employment Whilst Claiming Sick Pay

Whilst there is some misconception in this regard, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that, where the employee’s contract does not prevent this, the employee is permitted to take sick leave and claim statutory sick pay for a job which they have been declared medically unfit to carry out, while working in a different job which… Read more »

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No Deal BREXIT: What should schools do to prepare?

How to support staff to apply for settlement status One million EU Citizens and their families have now been granted status to remain in the UK. Many more EU Citizens still need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. If you have employees within your School who are yet to apply for status you can… Read more »

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Right Of Appeal On Pay Decisions

Teachers have a right to appeal against the decision on pay progression. The Schools Appraisal and or Pay Policy should set out the right of appeal and the process in which to follow. Schools must ensure they follow the policy when dealing with an appeal in order to minimise risks such as constructive dismissal, breach… Read more »

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Teacher (cost of living) Pay Increase September 2019

Teacher (cost of living) Pay Increases  September 2019 At the end of the Summer term this year the Government announced that it proposed to accept the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body of a 2.75% uplift to the minima and maxima of all teacher pay ranges and allowances.  A consultation is taking place which ends on… Read more »

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