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Childcare Voucher Scheme

From April 2018, the current childcare voucher schemes will be closing to new applicants. Employees who have already signed up to a company’s scheme will be eligible to continue to receive vouchers after this time, however they will not be able to rejoin the scheme if they leave it and will not be able to… Read more »

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Shared Parental Leave – sex discrimination claim upheld

A father who was refused enhanced Shared Parental Pay has had his complaint of direct sex discrimination upheld by an Employment Tribunal. In the case of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd, Mr Ali applied for Shared Parental Leave to commence immediately following his 2 weeks ordinary paternity leave. He was however told that he… Read more »

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High Court rule teacher suspension was not a neutral act

A recent High Court ruling illustrates that immediately suspending an employee accused of serious misconduct without establishing the facts can lead to a claim for breach of contract (Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth) Ms Agoreyo, a teacher, was accused of three instances of using unreasonable force towards two children in her class who were… Read more »

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Employment Tribunal fees withdrawn

In a landmark ruling on 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court determined that the tribunal fees system first introduced in 2003 was unlawful. It followed a case brought by Unison in which it was argued that the fees prevented or deterred workers from accessing the justice system. As a result of the Supreme Court ruling… Read more »

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Data Protection Reform (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply in the UK with effect from 25 May 2018. Whilst the principles are broadly similar to the current Data Protection Act, the GDPR provides greater transparency and accountability with regard to the collection, processing and use of personal data. Personal data is defined as any information that… Read more »

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Teachers Pay Award 2017

The Government has published the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) on teachers’ pay for 2017-18 and indicated its intention, following formal consultation, to implement them with effect from 1 September 2017. Formal discussions should now be taking place with teachers and their union representatives to ensure that meaningful consultation has taken place… Read more »

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Associative disability discrimination – What on earth is that?

Put simply this is the less favorable treatment of an employee because they have caring responsibilities. Whilst reasonable adjustments are not required for the employee themselves as they are not disabled , an employer cannot treat them less favourably when selecting for posts, promotion, pay rises, redundancy or other employment related decisions. An employee cannot… Read more »

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School Teachers Review Body

School Teachers Review Body remit for changes for Teachers Pay and Conditions for 2016. The latest letter from Nicky Morgan was sent to the STRB earlier in October 2015.

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