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Safer Recruitment

Following the introduction of GDPR regulations in 2018, requesting self-disclosure of criminal records prior to receipt of an appointee’s DBS check, is no longer recommended. This includes: Using a tick box on an application form Asking applicants to complete a self disclosure form Asking applicants about their criminal record during interviews We recommend you review… Read more »

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Employment Law Update – January 2019

The Right to a Pay Advice Slip –  Two important changes to the Employment Rights Act 1996, affecting pay slip information, will come into force on 6 April: Employers must include the total number of hours worked where the pay varies according the hours worked, for example under variable hours or zero hours contracts. Payslips must… Read more »

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Update on the National Living Wage Foundation and Support Staff Pay

The UK Living Wage as prescribed by the charitable Living Wage Foundation has been revised and all employers who have made the commitment to pay this rate will need to ensure that pay arrangements fall in line with the new rate of £9.00 (outside of Greater London) by 1st May 2019. Schools who currently pay… Read more »

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Teachers’ Pay Grant and Pension Changes

Teachers’ Pay Grant The government has revealed how it will dish out extra cash to fund teacher pay rises this year, with schools set to be paid the grant later this autumn, new documents show. It was announced in July that teachers would get a rise of up to 3.5 per cent this year, after… Read more »

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Is the time limit for bringing an Employment Tribunal claim going to be extended?

Currently, Employment Tribunal claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination claims must be brought within 3 months of the employment relationship ending or of the act of discrimination occurring. Redundancy pay and Equal Pay claims have a 6-month time limit. The Law Commission is now consulting on a range of proposals to the Employment Tribunal system… Read more »

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Can an employer be held responsible for the actions of an employee outside of working hours?

Yes, held the Court of Appeal in the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment. This case serves as a timely reminder as we approach the festive season and many employees will be looking forward to a Christmas celebration organised for school staff. The incident, which involved a senior manager striking an employee, occurred at a… Read more »

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Why use Zero Hours Contracts in Schools?

Zero hours contracts have received much criticism from the TUC and political parties with calls for them to be banned coming from some quarters. However, in a 2013 a survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that 65% of workers on zero hours contracts were content with their work-life balance… Read more »

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Pay awards 2018/19

Teachers The government has confirmed teacher pay arrangements from 1st September 2018 – All pay uplifts should be back-dated to 1 September 2018.  All maintained schools and those academies that pay in accordance with the Teachers Pay & Conditions document need to apply the following to the Teachers pay scales: a 3.5% uplift has been… Read more »

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Disqualification by Association

The outcome of the government consultation about ‘Disqualification by Association’ was published towards the end of the summer term. The guidance was updated again on the 31st August 2018 and came into force on 3rd September 2018. A change in the law means that Disqualification by Association will only apply on domestic premises. However, Disqualification… Read more »

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Forthcoming legislation 2018/19

This timetable outlines the major changes expected to employment legislation in 2018 and 2019.  Your Heads HR Consultant will talk to you about what action you need to take, if any, to ensure you are prepared. October 2018 – Abolition of Childcare voucher scheme The government has delayed its scrapping of the workplace childcare voucher… Read more »

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