What the law says about restraint in schools

Under certain circumstances teachers may find themselves in a situation where they believe the use of force is justified or necessary to restrain a pupil. However, the threat of disciplinary action may dissuade them from doing so, with potentially serious consequences to their own welfare and that of other pupils in their care. The law […]

When can pulling a sickie amount to gross misconduct?

Sickness absence in the workplace can cause big headaches for employers. Whilst employee health and wellbeing is crucial to a productive and harmonious workforce, the company sickness policy is open to abuse by employees who “pull a sickie” when they are not actually ill or not as ill as they tell their employer they are. […]

Part-time teacher’s battle sets legal precedent

A teacher won her case against a school that forced her to work five days a week. Denise Hart worked part-time with students who suffered from dyslexia, as well as speech and sight problems, at St Mary’s School in Colchester. These lessons were originally taught at different times, but in 2013 the school changed the timetable […]

Customs and practice in employment contacts

Terms of employment are ordinarily given as express terms in a written contract. However, no contract can speak for every eventuality and so there are quite often implied terms of a contract. Sometimes, these implied terms which are not set out in a written or even an oral contract can be contractually binding. The law […]

Lasting power of attorney

Here we look at the personal experience of the relative of someone suffering from dementia. “I never realised just how important it was to have a Lasting Power of Attorney, or indeed that there were different types, until last year. My dad was happily living alone and managing his own affairs, but living in a […]

Mandatory gender pay gap reporting

Historically, there has always been a disparity between the level of pay for men and women, with men always tending to fare better. The government has issued draft regulations with the aim of increasing transparency around the differences in gender pay. The new regulations will require employers with at least 250 staff to publish the […]

Domestic violence victims still being punished

Victims of domestic abuse have, since 2013, found themselves punished even further by the changes to legal aid eligibility. As a consequence of government funding cuts, in order to qualify for legal aid in certain family proceedings it is a requirement to provide specific evidence of domestic abuse before assistance by way of legal aid […]

The true weight of steel in 2016

It is a dark, rainy and generally gloomy January morning and with it comes the news that Tata Steel is set to cut another 900 jobs across their Scunthorpe and Scotland sites. Karl Koehler, CEO of Tata Steel’s European Operations made the announcement only a few months after more than 700 employees were made redundant under summer restructuring […]

Junior doctors in first strike for 40 years

Tuesday 12 January 2016 saw our junior doctors go out on strike, for the first time in almost half a century, due to a proposed change in their contracts of employment. The government has offered an 11% rise in basic pay for junior doctors, to offset a cut to the number of hours on a weekend […]

Return of the live-in lodger?

Renting a spare room sounds like it could offer a potential solution to the UKs chronic housing shortage. It’s an option that does seem to be gaining in popularity, particularly with the over 50 age group. UK rental website SpareRoom.co.uk found that 45,000 over 50’s had taken in a lodger in 2013 – that was […]