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Browse our law brief articles and blogs, aimed at addressing the practical implications of the latest legal developments affecting you and your organisation.

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Salary Sacrifice for School Fees Update - August 2016

Monday, 08 August 2016

There have been two recent developments - one affecting the operation of salary sacrifice schemes during periods of maternity leave and the introduction of an HMRC service.


Articles & Blogs Employment

Agency Workers - Right to Be Informed of Permanent Vacancies

Friday, 14 August 2015

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has considered whether the right of agency workers to be informed about permanent vacancies extends to being considered for any permanent vacancy on an equal footing with permanent employees at risk of redundancy.


Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Salary Sacrifice Arrangements during Statutory Leave - what's the latest?

Monday, 08 August 2016

An important consideration when contemplating the introduction of a salary sacrifice scheme is what happens when an employee benefitting from the scheme goes on maternity leave


Articles & Blogs Employment

Reimbursement of Fees Paid by Union

Friday, 14 August 2015

Can a number of discrete fixed-term contracts be linked by a series of similar acts of less favourable treatment spanning the entire period of the engagement?


Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Taxing Employee Benefits - could payrolling ease the burden?

Monday, 08 August 2016

For the start of the current tax year, HMRC introduced a new service which enables employers to use their payroll systems to account for tax on the benefits they provide to staff.


Articles & Blogs Employment

Illegal Working - Is your workplace at risk in the government crackdown?

Friday, 14 August 2015

On 10 August 2015, the Government announced a crackdown on businesses that employ illegal workers.


Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

An Outcome-Focussed Approach to Complaints Handling

Friday, 08 July 2016

We examine the complaints handling regime for independent schools


Articles & Blogs Employment

Public Sector Exit Payments - The end of the six figure pay-out?

Friday, 14 August 2015

In May, the government announced its proposal to introduce a cap of £95,000 on exit payments for public sector employees, following a review of the total cost of exit payments with the public sector.


Articles & Blogs Child Sexual Abuse Independent Schools

Goddard Inquiry - Latest News: Requests for Information Sent to Targeted Schools

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

In the last few days, a number of schools have received requests for information from the inquiry as part of the investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse in and/or connected with residential schools

Goddard Inquiry - Latest News: Requests for Information Sent to Targeted Schools

Articles & Blogs Employment

Shared Parental Leave - What You Need to Know

Friday, 07 August 2015

The Shared Parental Leave provisions came into force in April 2015 and as such you may be receiving Shared Parental Leave requests from your employees.


Articles & Blogs Brexit Independent Schools

Brexit - Bonfire of Regulation or Existential Threat to the Sector?

Monday, 20 June 2016

On 23 June the country will decide if we will leave or remain a member of the EU.


Articles & Blogs Employment

Consultation on Preventing the Term 'Apprentice' from Being Misused

Friday, 07 August 2015

Further to our previous article about the government's intention to make the term 'apprenticeship' legally protected, the government has now opened a consultation seeking views on how best to implement this intention.


Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Religion and Belief Discrimination - when is a 'belief' protected?

Monday, 20 June 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that an Employment Tribunal must reconsider whether it is possible for a profound 'belief in the proper and efficient use of public money


Articles & Blogs Employment

Hot Topic - Reforms to Industrial Action Laws and Trade Union Recognition

Friday, 07 August 2015

We reported recently on the consultation being undertaken on the Trade Union Bill.


Articles & Blogs Real Estate

Interpretation of Government Housing Policy to Be Appealed in the Supreme Court

Friday, 05 August 2016

A controversial Court of Appeal decision setting out the meaning of 'relevant policies for the supply of housing' in the government's National Planning Policy Framework ('NPPF') is set to be appealed before the Supreme Court.