Article Category: Insight & Opinion

New Rules Announced for Keeping Children Safe in Education

Schools will be familiar with the DfE’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ and ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ documents. A recent update which will be published on 2nd September 2019 has further strengthened the requirements for schools and academies, and will bring about a new Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 document. The document is… Read more »

Landowners Beware of the Electronic Communications Code 2017

The Electronic Communications Code 2017 (‘the Code’) controls the relationship between landowners and companies who run communication networks through cables and masts. This new code has generated more litigation in two years than the previous code had in over 20 years. In part, this is due to the telecoms firms exploring the extent of their new… Read more »

Term Time Workers’ Holiday Pay Should Not Be Pro-rata

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that term time workers’ holiday pay should not be on a pro-rata basis, but should instead be calculated using their average earnings over the preceding 12-week period. Lord Justice Nicholas Underhill stated that the working time regulations did not require leave for workers to be reduced to a pro-rata… Read more »

Christian Doctor Claims He Was Victim of Discrimination at Work

A Christian doctor, Dr Mackereth, told an Employment Tribunal that he was dismissed from his position as a benefits assessor by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) due to his religious beliefs. He argued that he was the victim of discrimination at work when he refused to refer to ‘a 6ft tall bearded man’… Read more »

DIY Wills: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The High Court heard 368 probate dispute cases last year, up from 282 in 2017. It has been suggested that the reason for this increase is due to the growing popularity of DIY Wills. A DIY Will is one which has been made without professional advice, usually at home in someone’s own handwriting or using… Read more »

Could an Employee Ownership Trust be Suitable for You?

If you are looking at the options available for exiting your business, an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) may be worth considering. Previously, an individual looking to sell their shares in their company to a trust for the benefit of the employees faced a potentially significant tax charge. However, since the introduction of the EOT under… Read more »

Millions More Could Soon be Eligible for Statutory Sick Pay

The government has recently announced a review of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). The review will look to tackle some of the major challenges presented by the modern-day working world where far too many people are quitting work after a period of sickness absence and many people now work on freelance or short-term contracts (known as… Read more »

Do I Have to Approve a Request for Flexible Working?

All employees, not just parents and carers, who have worked continuously for their employer for at least 26 weeks may apply to work flexibly. The application should be made in writing, stating their intended start date, details of how they wish to work, potential impact on the business with any possible solutions to overcome this… Read more »