Archived Legal Articles from 2017

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December

Questions we have been asked this month

08/12/17

Q. There has been some confusion that has arisen as to the exact salary of a part-time worker. The contract does not state the salary but only refers to it being pro-rated to the full time equivalent. How can we ensure certainty in the future? A. Whilst it is common practice to state that a…

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November

Questions we have been asked this month

21/11/17

Q. In 2015 member of staff in discussing workload with another more junior member of staff has purportedly authorised an increase in hours for the junior staff member equating to 7 hours per week. The junior staff member had not realised until now and has since raised a grievance regarding the…

GDPR: Are you Ready?

16/11/17

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will apply to all ' controllers ' and ' processors ' of ' personal data' . The education sector holds vast amounts of personal data relating to its employees, students and pupils who…

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October

Are you prepared for the GDPR?

03/10/17

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will apply to all ' controllers ' and ' processors ' of ' personal data' . The education sector holds vast amounts of personal data relating to its employees, students and pupils who…

Questions we have been asked this month

03/10/17

Q. Will an NQT teacher accrue continuous service for the purposes of unfair dismissal? A. The answer to this question will depend on where the service was accrued and the governance structure of the school. If the NQT trained at the same school into which they have qualified, then it is likely…

Dealing with Third Parties - Don't get Caught Out

03/10/17

Contracting with third parties can be a minefield if you are unsure where to look. You may find yourself being subject to the onerously one-sided terms of a supplier even before you are aware that a contract has been formed. When contracting with third parties, it is important to agree contract…

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September

Are you prepared for the GDPR?

27/09/17

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will apply to all ' controllers ' and ' processors ' of ' personal data' . The education sector holds vast amounts of personal data relating to its employees, students and pupils who…

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July

Questions we've been asked this month

20/07/17

Q. We have a member of support staff whom has accepted employment elsewhere but has not formally tendered her resignation as of yet. How does this impact on my ability to recruit a replacement? A. Practically speaking it would be advisable to keep an eye on the situation and ask the member of…

How safe are safeguarding dismissals?

20/07/17

In most cases a safeguarding issue necessitating measures to protect a child will be the paramount consideration for most Education providers. However, as an employer you have to balance that consideration with fairness to your employee or risk facing an Employment Tribunal claim. It can be a fine…

The Apprenticeship Levy and Education

20/07/17

The apprenticeship levy ('the levy') is now in force. The levy will affect employers with a salary bill over £3 million per year. The employer is required to pay 0.5% of their total salary bill (in most cases this will be basic pay including any additional allowances) less a £15,000…

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June

Data Protection: Existing Compliance and Preparing for GDPR

08/06/17

For schools and colleges to serve their purpose, personal data of your pupils and students is an important asset. By providing various education and vocational courses you will be processing your pupils' and students' personal data and in some cases sensitive personal data. You are also likely…

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May

Questions we've been asked this month

24/05/17

Q. We have a member of staff who had a dispute with her line manager before the Easter break and did not return to work or submit a fit note. Can we send a letter stating we will treat her as having resigned from her employment? A. Sending a letter treating an employee as having resigned…

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April

Questions we've been asked this month

27/04/17

Q. What can be done if a parent and/or member of staff is speaking unfavourably about the School on Social Media? A. The situation is slightly different for a parent as it is for a member of staff. Where a member of staff is speaking unfavourably about the School on Social Media, this could be…

Supreme Court overturns High Court ruling on term time holidays

06/04/17

Isle of Wight Council v Platt [2017] UKSC 28 On 6 April 2017 the Supreme Court delivered its judgement, overturning the decision of the High Court which was that Mr Platt had not breached s444(1) of the Education Act 1996, as his daughter's attendance was otherwise regular notwithstanding the…

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March

Questions we have been asked this month

21/03/17

Q. If a member of our support staff team who is working over the normal retirement age requests to reduce their hours, are we able to discuss retirement? A. Following the abolition of the compulsory retirement age in 2011, it would be discriminatory to make attempts to make them reconsider their…

What the Spring Budget Means for Your Contracts

21/03/17

In light of the Spring Budget delivered earlier this month, education providers of all types should now be aware of the potential implications this announcements might have for them and particularly their consumer facing contracts. Philip Hammond said in his Budget speech: "We will shortly…

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February

Land Assets

27/02/17

Most schools have substantial land assets under their control, for instance the land, buildings and playgrounds where the school is located, but also fields and sports pitches, and sometimes the occasional area of land that serves no real purpose in the day to day activities of the school. This land can…

Questions we have been asked this month

24/02/17

Q. A member of staff was seen by the police near School premises using a mobile phone whilst driving the school minibus. The member of staff was not spoken to by the police officer, however, the police officer called the office to report the incident. A. This is a conduct issue which will need…

Industrial Action - a legal update

24/02/17

Towards the end of 2016, Britain saw arguably the most notable examples of industrial action since the 1980s. Strike action and disputes over various aspects of employment regularly entered the media limelight; ranging from disputes over pay to job descriptions. The mechanics of industrial action…

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