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December

Questions we have been asked over the past month and our top tips

16/12/15

Employment and HR queries we have received from schools this month: Q: If an employee refuses to sign an occupational health referral consent form can the school still make the referral? A: No, in order for an employee to attend an Occupational Health referral and for the information to be…

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 and Independent Schools

16/12/15

When you think of consumer rights protection an educational setting doesn't immediately spring to mind, with the media spotlight tending to fall on major retailers such as supermarkets. Schools are, however, service providers, and as sellers of services independent schools are particularly…

Advice to Schools regarding the recent flooding in Cumbria and Lancashire

16/12/15

The recent flooding in large parts of Cumbria and Lancashire has affected many homes and businesses, including schools and education centres. If your school has been without electricity as a result of the flood waters, you may be able to make a claim to Electricity North West under a piece of…

Governance Handbook 2015

16/12/15

The Department for Education have published a new re-branded version of the Governance Handbook for Governors in maintained schools and academies. The handbook has been updated to 'reflect changes to the law affecting boards of governors and changes to education policy'. The change in the…

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November

Questions we have been asked over the past month and our top tips

12/11/15

1. Who can request flexible working and can the employer reject the request? This has been a hot topic this month and we have been inundated with questions regarding flexible working. Despite the new rules coming into force in 2014, it appears that many employers are still unsure of how to deal…

Dress codes and Discrimination

12/11/15

There have been a number of high profile cases recently where dress code has been in the headlines. Working within the education sector and with children requires suitable and practical attire and a lot of institutions have policies to govern staff uniform. In Begum v Pedagogy Auras UK Ltd the…

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October

The Consumer Rights Act - What Does It Mean For Schools?

13/10/15

Whilst it may not appear obvious, as all schools deal directly with consumers, it is important to be aware of the new Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA). This is particularly going to be the case where schools are selling goods to consumers, e.g. through a school shop or online. The CRA is a new piece…

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September

Charity Commission Regulation Doesn't Apply to Academies

15/09/15

For those Schools which are due to embark or are thinking of embarking on conversion to Academy status - whilst all Academies are charitable in nature, many Schools may not be aware that they cannot register with the Charity Commission for registered charity status. Academies will hold what is known as…

Claiming Compensation Boils Down To Accurate Records

15/09/15

Following the recent water contamination scare in Lancashire, schools are advised to make a record of any losses they may have suffered as a result of being unable to use tap water recently. These losses could be the expense in purchasing bottled water, the cost of having to boil water to use and…

Back to School? The New STPCD for September 2015

15/09/15

Back to School - The New STPCD for September 2015 A new School Teacher's Pay and Conditions Document has landed in time for the new school year. As per the 2014 guidance, the requirements contained within apply to all maintained schools and must be followed by all such schools and local…

Questions we have been asked over the past month and our top tips

15/09/15

1. During a DBS Safeguarding and Data Protection session, we were asked about the level of DBS checks required of contractors. Under the "Keeping Children Safe in Education" statutory guidance 2015 the response to this question is that they must at least have an enhanced check without…

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June

Data Protection Regulator Teaches Some Expensive Lessons

18/06/15

‎The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has been increasingly active in enforcing the Data Protection Act and many public bodies have been in its sights. It has enforced penalties of up to £200,000 for data security breaches including ‎allowing customer information to be…

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May

Contracting with Third Parties

15/05/15

Businesses of all shapes and sizes enter into contracts with third parties on a regular basis. Whilst schools, academies and education authorities alike may not consider this to be of great importance, there are numerous issues and pitfalls that should be borne in mind when entering into contracts with…

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April

Changes to Rules on Employers Making Criminal Record Requests

23/04/15

As of last month employers requesting applicants to provide evidence of the results of a subject access request disclosing their full criminal record (including spent convictions), became unlawful. This does not just apply to job applicants as section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 makes it a…

Misuse of public funds can be regarded as an SOSR for justifying dismissal

20/04/15

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has lost his fight to continue on the payroll of a school where he has not worked for two years. The Claimant had been employed as a learning mentor at the school by Sefton Council, whilst at the same time being an elected councillor in neighbouring Liverpool. He had…

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February

Keeping it Old school...

02/02/15

The recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in Old v. Palace Fields Primary Academy reviewed the procedural fairness in the dismissal of a teacher who had given 21 years service to her school. It was alleged that Mrs Old encouraged the bullying of a pupil with special needs by inviting a number…

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January

Forbes Solicitors sponsors the Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards

28/01/15

Forbes Solicitors is delighted to announce our sponsorship of The Enterprise in Education Award at the inaugural Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards. The award is for schools and colleges which can demonstrate their commitment to developing an entrepreneurial attitude in their pupils…

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