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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Workplace bullying

Throw-away remarks can have serious repercussions for both the employee and the employer. What some people see as just banter, can be seen as bullying by others. A survey, carried out by a London law firm revealed a long list of offensive comments that office workers said they had been subjected to including sexist, ageist […]

Living wage causes concerns among employers

Large employers have warned that the increased costs they face when the “living wage” is implemented will result in job cuts and higher prices. Under Chancellor George Osborne’s plans, the minimum wage for over-25s will rise from £6.50 per hour to £7.20 from April 2016. By 2020 he intends to raise it to £9 per […]

Caste discrimination victory for Indian woman

A tribunal has upheld the claim of an Indian woman who was discriminated against on the grounds of caste, in the first case of its kind. Domestic worker Permila Tirkey was born in India, to the low-caste Adivasi class – a general term given to a wide range of ethnic groups in South Asia. She […]