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Protection for disabled staff

In a high-profile case where a teacher was dismissed for showing an 18 rated film to 15- and 16-year olds, the Court of Appeal has given guidance on the meaning of section 15(1) Equality Act 2010, write Ben Cooper QC and Angharad Davies.

News headlines

Jun 08, 2018

Government wins appeal over LGPS and guidance on boycotts and divestment

The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by the government over a ruling that the Communities Secretary acted unlawfully when he issued statutory guidance on the investment strategy for the local government pension scheme (LGPS) that sought to…
May 17, 2018

Disabled teacher who showed horror film to class wins £646k payout

A disabled teacher who showed the 18-rated film Halloween to a class of 15- and 16-year-olds has had his claim for discrimination arising from disability upheld in the Court of Appeal and is reportedly set to receive a £646,000 payout.
May 08, 2018

Academy trust to source £400k in high-level employment law advice

The Derby Diocesan Academy Trust, which comprises 18 primary schools in the area, is to set up a £400,000, five-year contract for high-level human resources legal support and advice.
May 02, 2018

Welsh council wins appeal over whether SEN allowance was payable to teachers

A Welsh council has won an appeal over whether former teachers were entitled to be paid SEN (Special Educational Needs) allowance under their contracts.
Apr 09, 2018

Education regulator in Wales to procure presenting officer services

The Education Workforce Council in Wales has launched a procurement of presenting officer services to support its fitness to practise work.

Features and analysis

Reviewing your workplace dress code

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Emma Ahmed looks at the key points from recent government guidance on workplace dress codes.

Time extension and ACAS EC

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In a case involving a borough council the Employment Appeal Tribunal has endorsed the sequential approach to time extension for ACAS EC (early conciliation), report Craig Ludlow and Sarah Bowen.

Variation of contracts and lack of protest

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A city council recently lost a Court of Appeal battle over whether several hundred of its employees were entitled to incremental pay increases from 2011 to 2013. Craig Ludlow and Sarah Bowen analyse the ruling.

Payment for being on stand-by

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Are workers entitled to be paid when on stand-by? Allison Cook reports on a significant ruling by the European Court of Justice.

Older articles

Apr 13, 2018

Multiple allegations of misconduct

In situations where there are multiple allegations of misconduct, employers need to tread carefully to avoid unfair dismissal, writes Mark Foster.
Apr 09, 2018

Education regulator in Wales to procure presenting officer services

The Education Workforce Council in Wales has launched a procurement of presenting officer services to support its fitness to practise work.
Apr 06, 2018

TUPE and gaps between contracts

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has confirmed that a five-month gap in operations does not necessarily prevent TUPE applying. Doug Mullen looks at practical guidance for employers where there is a gap in operations.
Mar 29, 2018

Teachers and disclosure of relationships

The Supreme Court recently upheld the fairness of the dismissal of a head teacher, for non-disclosure of a relationship with a convicted sex offender. Phil Allen looks at the lessons from the judgment.
Mar 23, 2018

TUPE and fragmented services

Harmajinder Hayre looks at a case which illustrates the importance of identifying the pre-transfer activities in a service provision change.
Mar 15, 2018

Head teacher fails in Supreme Court challenge to dismissal over failure to disclose

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal brought by a head teacher who was sacked after she failed to disclose her friendship with a convicted sex offender to a local authority.
Mar 08, 2018

Supreme Court to rule next week on disclosure obligations of head teachers

The Supreme Court will next week (14 March) rule on the scope of a head teacher’s contractual obligation of disclosure and her right to a private life.
Mar 08, 2018

Employment law and workplace equality

With International Women’s Day taking place on 8 March, Andrew Brett looks at the extent to which UK employment legislation has helped to achieve equal rights for women and whether more work is needed to achieve equality in the workplace.
Mar 02, 2018

Discrimination claims and time limits

Can the entirety of a disciplinary process amount to 'conduct extending over a period', thus preventing a claim from being out of time? Nick Murrell discusses this in relation to a recent case involving a NHS trust.
Feb 07, 2018

Flexible and vulnerable workers to benefit from enhanced employment rights: PM

Employees are to get new rights to sickness and holiday pay, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced.
Feb 02, 2018

Getting out of a fix

Alastair Currie looks at a case involving a doctor which provides useful guidance on the tricky question of fairly dismissing employees on fixed term contracts.
Jan 26, 2018

Covert surveillance of employees

Is it legal to monitor your employees by covert surveillance? Mark Stevens reports on a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.
Jan 12, 2018

Disability discrimination by perception

Harmajinder Hayre looks at an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) which upheld a finding of disability discrimination by perception.
Dec 08, 2017

Managing pregnant employees

Can you performance manage a pregnant employee? Paul McFarlane and Louise Singh consider the key issues.
Dec 01, 2017

Supply chain sustainability

LexisPSL, in partnership with Simon Garbett, Ian Skinner and Sarah Rathke of Squire Patton Boggs, examine how authorities can ensure sustainable supply chains.
Dec 01, 2017

Short term gain; long term pain?

Philip Woolham looks at incentivising employees to leave public sector pensions.
Nov 22, 2017

Union hits out at council after withdrawing strike action plans

The NASUWT union has withdrawn plans for strike action at three schools this week, following warnings of a legal challenge from Glasgow City Council.
Nov 10, 2017

Whistleblowing and employer's knowledge

Harmajinder Hayre examines a whistleblowing case that clarifies the law in relation to employers' knowledge in unfair dismissal claims.
Nov 03, 2017

Discrimination and religious beliefs

A tribunal has rejected a claim of religious discrimination by a NHS non-executive director opposed to same-sex adoption. Catherine Casserley considers the judgment.
Oct 27, 2017

Parental bereavement

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on 20 October and its provisions should make life easier for bereaved parents at a very difficult time, writes Fiona Anthony.

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