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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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The use of fixed-term contracts in schools

Fixed-term contracts are commonly used in school for a variety of reasons, however it is not always appreciated that the termination of a fixed-term contract is  a dismissal in law and therefore can be potentially contentious. To reduce the risk of challenge there are a few basic rules that schools can follow. Firstly, to be… Read more »

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Teachers’ Pay and Conditions 2018 Update

  We are still waiting for the publication of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2018 following the recommendation from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB). Just to recap, the STRB recommended a 3.5 per cent uplift to pay to be applied equally to all salaries and allowances, however on 24 July 2018, the Secretary of… Read more »

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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 The Department for Education statutory guidance on keeping Children Safe in Education has been updated and a revised document came into force with effect from 3 September 2018. The revised document requires schools to have an individual policy which takes into consideration the relevant setting of the school. It… Read more »

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What are the current rates for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage?

The government has announced the following increases to the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage with effect from 1 April 2018 Changes to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage from April 2018   Age April 2017 April 2018 25 years and over £7.50 £7.83 21-24 £7.05 £7.38 18-20 £5.60 £5.90 Under… Read more »

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How can we control staff sickness absence in school?

How can we control staff sickness absence in school? It is that time of the year again when levels of staff sickness absence rise, however there are some simple steps you can take to help your school manage attendance issues more effectively. Ensure that you have an up-to-date and written Sickness Absence or Attendance Policy… Read more »

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